Dutchman arrested in Wakayama on charges of violence against whale transport operator
Dec 16th, Taiji, Wakayama: Shingu police arrested a Dutchman, Erwin Vermeulen, 42, on charges of violence, on a public road in front of a hotel in Taiji, when he pushed the chest of a male employe of the hotel with the palm of his hand. Police said he claimed to be a supporter of SS and denied the charges. The employee was not injured.
Since "The Cove", a movie criticising the dolphin hunt in Taiji, was released in Japan last year, members and supporters of Sea Shepherd have been monitoring the hunt in Taiji, but this is the first time an arrest has been made.
The hotel has a pool where customers can touch dolphins. In preparing to move (a?) Risso's Dolphin into the pool, the male employee of a related company had been putting out "no-entry" cones.