Japanese police have arrested a 25-year-old German activist on suspicion
of damaging a statue of a whaler in the town of Taiji, western Japan, a
Nils Greskewitz, who police say is connected to
militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd, allegedly bent the harpoon
part of the statue in Whale Beach Park on Monday, a force spokesman said.
Reports said he had been hanging off the harpoon part of the statue.
The German, who has been in Japan since Friday and had joined
anti-whaling protests in the town, told police he had no intention of
damaging the statue, Jiji Press said, quoting investigators.
bronze statue, three metres (10 feet) high, was built in 1998 at the local
park featuring a whaler throwing a harpoon from a boat, local media said.
The town drew worldwide attention after the Oscar-winning 2009 film "The
Cove" showed how dolphins are corralled and slaughtered there. Activists
continue to visit the town to protest.