G8: German police ram Greenpeace protest boats
A boat filled with Greenpeace protesters trying to deliver a petition to G8 summit leaders was "intercepted" by German police boats yesterday. Police have been trying to enforce an exclusion perimeter in the waters surrounding the resort town of Heiligendamm where summit leaders are gathered. Watch the shocking footage of the interception, here (the chase goes on for over 4 minutes on this German newscast; watch the last ten seconds to see the moment in question).
Three protesters have been taken to hospital after two boats were rammed and capsized by German coastguard vessels after they got within a few hundred metres of the shore.
A total of 11 boats, a mixture of high-speed inflatables, catamarans and 6-metre long speed boats, launched a coordinated attempt this morning to breach the 10-nautical-mile exclusion zone in the Baltic sea around Heilgendamm.