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Greenpeace Ship Rammed in Dispute Over North Sea Fishing

June 24, 1996

LONDON (AP) _ Danish fishing vessels rammed the Greenpeace ship MV Sirius and fired flares at its inflatable boats during clashes today off Scotland’s North Sea coast, the environmental group said.

The confrontation came after MV Sirius tried to stop 11 vessels _ 10 Danish and one Scottish _ from fishing in an area known as the Wee Bankie.

The Wee Bankie is a major feeding ground for commercial fish stocks, dolphins and birds. Greenpeace is campaigning for a ban on industrial fishing in such areas.

In Copenhagen, a spokesman for Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry declined to comment on today’s confrontation, but said the Danish fishing fleet in the North Sea was acting in according with international regulations.

Greenpeace said some of its members swam to one of the fishing boats and tied a barrel to its net, preventing the net from sinking.

``Greenpeace will not be intimidated by the industrial fishing fleet and will continue to protest non-violently,″ said spokesman Stefan Flothmann, on board MV Sirius. ``The governments of Europe must take action to stop this plundering of the North Sea.″

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