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Whale hostages used for 'blackmail'

Jan 16, 2008 | Source: DailyTelegraph

CAPTAIN of the Steve Irwin, Paul Watson, says Japanese whalers are blackmailing environmental group Sea Shepherd by using two hostaged activists as leverage. Australian Benjamin Potts and British National Giles Lane - both crew members of the Steve Irwin - have been held hostage on the Japanese ship Yushin Maru for over 18 hours now, since the pair boarded the ship in protest last night.

Mr Watson has refused to responded to the demands.

When you hold hostages and make these sort of demands, that is an act of terrorism.

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