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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Anti-Whaling Activist Says He Was Shot by Japanese Coast Guard by Stuart Biggs FROM Bloomberg

March 7 (Bloomberg) -- The Sea Shepherd Conservation Group said its leader was shot in the chest by a member of Japan's Coast Guard during a clash with Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica. Japan denied live bullets were fired.

Paul Watson and other activists on their vessel Steve Irwin were throwing rotten butter at the whalers to try to prevent them from harpooning whales when he was shot today in his bullet proof jacket, the group said. Sea Shepherd posted photos of the incident on its Web Site.

``The government will have to take measures that are necessary,'' Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura said today in Tokyo. ``We may have to launch tear gas canisters.''

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