Activists protest outside Japanese Embassy after whalers ram support boat.

Sea shepherd activists and supporters gathered outside the Majestic Centre in Willis St, Wellington from 11.30am to 2pm, to protest the actions of the Japanese whaling fleet in the antartic ocean yesterday.

Wellington Sea Shepherd co-ordinator Lisa Baines used a loud-hailer to speak to passersby about the ramming and eventual destruction of the Ady Gil, and to ask for donations and signatures for the petition which she planned to present to the Japanese Ambassador.

Around 2pm, Security guards escorted Lisa and a companion activist into the building, where TV1 camera crews followed them into the Embassy offices. The Ambassador would not speak with Lisa, but sent an assistant to accept the signed petition sheets.

Background here:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1001/S00097.htm

and

http://seashepherd.org/nz

media responses:
http://www.3news.co.nz/Sea-Shepherd-captain-devastated-by-sinking/tabid/209/articleID/136574/Default.aspx

http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/government-comments-upset-sea-shepherd-3326177

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