Greenpeace blocked from Indonesia

JAKARTA, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Indonesia is reneging on pledges to fight climate change by refusing Greepeace's flagship Rainbow Warrior access to its waters, the group said.

Environmental group Greenpeace said the Indonesian navy ordered the Rainbow Warrior to leave its waters after the ship approached to take on what the organization said were vital supplies.


Nur Hidayati, Greenpeace envoy to Indonesia, said the refusal is an about-face from what Greenpeace considers one of the more environmentally friendly nations.

"We are extremely concerned by the recent turn of events and believe the Indonesian government's refusal to allow the Rainbow Warrior into Indonesia runs counter to the country's democratic principles and the right to freedom of expression," he said in a statement.

Greenpeace said it is opposed to Indonesia's deforestation practices, which it says it pushing several animal species to the brink of extinction.

The Indonesian government blamed Greenpeace for not giving a clear indication of its planned activities in the country.

Greenpeace complained the Indonesian navy continued to trail the Rainbow Warrior in international waters, which it says is a violation of international law.

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