Dutch police arrest Greenpeace protesters in harbour

11th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Dutch police arrested about 20 activists from environmental group Greenpeace on Saturday for preventing ships from entering the Rotterdam harbour in a protest against coal imports.

The Hague - Dutch police arrested about 20 activists from environmental group Greenpeace on Saturday for preventing ships from entering the Rotterdam harbour in a protest against coal imports.

"The group had stretched a cable between small boats on the open water, interrupting sea traffic and preventing three ships from docking," police spokesman Remco Spaninxs told AFP.

At least one of the vessels had been transporting a shipment of coal.

"They ignored repeated requests to end the blockade, and were arrested for not giving heed."

Greenpeace said its action sought to put pressure on Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende to advocate for an end to the use of coal in energy generation at a global climate summit to be held in Copenhagen in December.

"The use of coal for energy production is the biggest cause of CO2 emission and climate change," it said in a statement on its website.

AFP/Expatica

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