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Dutch police board Greenpeace ship as it tries to stop Russian tanker delivering Arctic oil

Published on May 1, 2014 4:12 PM
 
Greenpeace members speed up in a rubber speedboat while waiting for the Russian oil tanker Mikhail Ulyanov off the coast of the Hague April 30, 2014. The Dutch police on Thursday boarded a Greenpeace ship in Rotterdam harbour as it tried to stop a Russian tanker delivering oil drilled in the environmentally fragile Arctic. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

THE HAGUE (AFP) - The Dutch police on Thursday boarded a Greenpeace ship in Rotterdam harbour as it tried to stop a Russian tanker delivering oil drilled in the environmentally fragile Arctic.

"The police are on board, they're trying to tow us away," Greenpeace activist Willem Wiskerke tweeted from on board the Rainbow Warrior, which had tried to prevent Russian tanker Mikhail Ulyanov docking.

Rotterdam police confirmed to AFP that they were involved but could not immediately provide further details.

Greenpeace said a group of 80 activists backed by the Rainbow Warrior had been trying to prevent the tanker docking, having painted "No Arctic Oil" in large letters on the tanker's hull.

 
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