Across the globe yesterday, Greenpeace peacefully protested the arrest and ongoing detainment of two Japanese whale activists. The protests took place in front of Japanese embassies the world over and included the delivery of more that 180,000 letters from supporters who demand their immediate release.
Earlier this spring, Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki exposed an embezzlement ring at the heart of the Japanese government's lethal 'scientific' whaling program. They had cooperated with both police and the Public Prosecutor's office who, at the time, agreed that there was sufficient evidence of wrongdoing in the government-backed industry.
Despite ample evidence, questionable shifting statements from industry and government, and a full dossier, the prosecutor has failed to find sufficient evidence of embezzlement in the industry -- summarily closing the investigation against the company, crew, and whaling officials.
Instead 40 police officers raided the Greenpeace offices and the activists' homes before arresting them. They continue to sit in jail without charge
Here's the official scoop and the original story.
If you haven't already done so, please take a few minutes to express your outrage and demand their release. Be sure to look for the confirmation email (check your Junk folder) and pass it on to your friends and family.
If you're on Facebook, there's a group waiting for you and don't forget to Digg the story to make sure others know what's going on.
Click on the protest locations below for images of this global effort.
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