Les marins-pêcheurs de Saint-Pierre provoquent le départ du Farley Mowat

D’après diverses sources, les marins de Saint-Pierre et de Miquelon auraient coupé les amarres du navire Sea Shepherd suite aux propos choquants du capitaine Paul Watson sur RFO. Le capitaine du Farley Mowat a tenu des propos relativisant la valeur des vies humaines, notamment ceux des pêcheurs canadiens, par rapport aux vies des phoques des bancs. Une centaine de marins de St Pierre seraient descendus spontanément sur le quai pour afficher leur désaccord avec la présence du navire activiste dans le port de Saint-Pierre. Selon le journal de midi trente de RFO, les marins pêcheurs de l’archipel ont démontré leur solidarité avec les marins pêcheurs canadiens en coupant les amarres du navire et provoquant le départ du navire des eaux françaises.

Paul Watson pour sa part aurait quitté le territoire par avion ce matin.

Sources : RFO et Chronicle HeraldVOCM
Ailleurs sur le net : Mathurin.com

Communiqué du Sea Shephard : « Farley Mowat Attacked by Mob of Angry Fishermen« 

5 comments on Les marins-pêcheurs de Saint-Pierre provoquent le départ du Farley Mowat

  1. La nouvelle de l’explusion du Farley Mowat fait le tour des organismes de presse canadiens.

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=422872
    Meanwhile, a Newfoundland radio station reported Friday the seal hunt protest vessel Farley Mowat, which was involved in a confrontation with sealers and the coast guard earlier this week, has been forced to leave St-Pierre-Miquelon where it was tied up.

    VOCM radio says about 100 residents of the French islands off the south coast of Newfoundland cut the Mowat’s ropes and it left the harbour.

    http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=123352&sc=117

    ST-PIERRE — Residents of the tiny French islands of St-Pierre-Miquelon south of Newfoundland have apparently chased a vessel belonging to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society from their harbour.
    A fisherman, Carl Beaupre, told radio station VOCM in Newfoundland that about 100 fishermen, upset with recent comments attributed to the seal hunt protesters, gathered on the wharf earlier today and cut the Farley Mowat’s mooring ropes.
    Beaupre says the vessel then left port.
    The federal government has warned the Farley Mowat’s crew about getting too close to the seal hunt.
    Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn has said the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will be charged with allegedly getting too close to the hunt.
    Paul Watson, president of the conservation society, says he left St-Pierre-Miquelon today and was not aware of any problems.

  2. http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/410312

    THE CANADIAN PRESS

    ST-PIERRE – A militant environmental group opposed to the East Coast seal hunt was forced to flee the French islands of St-Pierre-Miquelon on Friday after angry fishermen cut the mooring lines of the group’s flagship vessel.

    The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society sparked outrage earlier this week when the group’s leader, Paul Watson, said the recent deaths of three seal hunters north of Cape Breton was a tragedy, but the continued slaughter of seal pups « is an even greater tragedy. »

    On Friday, Watson’s vessel, the Farley Mowat, was confronted at the wharf by two dozen residents of St-Pierre, the capital of the French territory south of Newfoundland.

    Police said the ship left after its lines were cut with axes, following a confrontation between the activists and the fishermen.

    Fisherman Carl Beaupertuis, 47, says when he heard Watson’s comments about sealers he was deeply angered.

    « We cut the ropes … because the fishermen of St-Pierre don’t accept what Paul Watson said, » he said.

    « He’s not allowed to come in the harbour any more. It’s finished for him. »

    Watson later confirmed that he had left St-Pierre-Miquelon after the mooring lines were cut.

    Watson said that a member of his crew filmed the incident on St. Pierre and he may bring a formal complaint before the French courts.

    « That’s a possibility. We’ll have to look into that. We definitely have it documented, » said Watson.

    « I had the cameras rolling, so we did identify the individuals. »

    Andre Varcin, a senior official with the French government, said it would be up to the local prosecutor’s office to decide if any charges are warranted against the fishermen.

  3. Félicitations et merci aux marins St-Pierrais pour ce geste de solidarité envers nos pêcheurs.

    Pierre
    Montréal

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