I am writing to share an interview that we
broadcast on the independent, daily news hour Democracy Now! today. We speak
to Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd about decade-old charges he faces
in Costa Rica stemming from a confrontation with shark fin poachers,
accusing him of putting their lives in danger. He has been released on bail
in Germany and faces possible extradition to Costa Rica.
Sea Shepherd continues to maintain that Watson's arrest was politically
motivated and is calling on its supporters to come together in a day of
action on Wednesday when the Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla visits
"We've never injured anybody," Watson says about the Sea Shepherd's
commitment to nonviolent direct action to enforce international fishing and
conservation laws. "The most powerful weapon in the world as far as I'm
concerned is the camera, so we go into battle armed with cameras. -- Right
now 19 million sharks a year are being destroyed to feed the shark fin
industry in Asia. And that means the fins are cut off of these animals and
they're thrown back into the ocean, and this is what we filmed off of
Guatemala and this is what we intervened against -- a highly illegal
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Sea Shepherd Founder Paul Watson Fights Extradition to Costa
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The Paul Watson Saga Continues: Sea Shepherd to Protest Costa Rican
Presidential Visit to Germany
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A really sort of
strangely-timed turn in tale of Sea Shepherd founder
Paul Watson getting arrested in Germany on a Costa Rican warrant,
stemming from an incident dating back to 2002.
Watson should be released on bail today. Though I'm not as convinced as
Sea Shepherd that it was solely "the unmistakable result of the thousands of
letters, emails, faxes, and phone callsthat were sent out this week." Even
if granting bail to a non-German citizen in this sort of case is unusual, so
is giving the Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs the ability to just
say no and block the extradition, as Watson's attorney points out.
The whole thing is unusual, including the timing of the arrest.
Adding to that unusualness is the fact that the Costa Rica's
Laura Chinchilla left for a European tour over the weekend,
with, you guessed it, stops in Germany .
Back at home, the elements
of the Chinchilla administration have distanced themselves from the
prosecution, in the sense that various ministers have said they can't
interfere with the justice system; that's another branch of government.
As you might expect,
Sea Shepherd will be protesting Chinchilla's visit.
We are calling
for a Global Day of Action on Wednesday May23rd. On this day the President
of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, will be visiting German Chancellor Merkel
in Berlin . Wednesday May 23rd is S.O.S. Day - Save Our Skipper!
around the world, Sea Shepherds will be making our voices heard at German
embassies and consulates between 1100 and 1300 hours(local time). Organize
or join the cacophony of voices at the closest German embassy or consulate
and demand Captain Paul Watson's freedom. We are confident that through your
participation Germany will not carry out an extradition that would be the
same as carrying out a death sentence. Captain Paul Watson's enemies within
the shark fin mafia are capable of reaching inside the prisons of Costa Rica
. If extradited to Costa Rica , it is unlikely Captain Paul Watson would
live to see the inside of a Costa Rican courthouse.
There is no
location more important to assemble than where President Chinchilla will
begin her head of state visit in Berlin . This meeting will open with full
military honors 11:00 am at Schloss Bellevue. Rally to Captain Paul Watson's
side when he personally makes his stand at Schloss Bellevue. Specific
details will be forthcoming here and on the Sea Shepherd Germany website.
We ask that Captain Paul Watson's supporters continue to be respectful
in their messaging. We are confident that with your help the President of
Costa Rica, the German Chancellor, and Honorable Ministers of Germany will
safeguard Captain Paul Watson's human rights by not bowing to bogus
accusations of shark fin poachers who are nothing more than common criminal.