NEW CALEDONIA POLICE ASKED BY JAPAN TO REMOVE GREENPEACE WHALING

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NOUMEA, New Caledonia (December 7, 1998 - Radio Australia)---Japan's whaling industry has asked New Caledonia police to remove six Greenpeace activists who chained themselves to two Japanese whaling ships in Noumea harbor.

An official from the Japan Whaling Association said the request was made because crew members are not permitted to resort to forcible action.

Two activists chained themselves to the anchor and harpoon of the Kyo Maru, and another pair attached themselves to the factory ship, the Nisshin Maru.

Two divers later chained and padlocked the Kyo Maru's propeller.

The Japanese whaling fleet has been in Noumea for repairs following a fire on board the Nisshin Maru.

Japan claims the annual three-month Antarctic whale hunt is for scientific research, although the meat is often sold on the open market for tens of millions of dollars.

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