Originally Posted by codprawn
I think the fact they were Greenpeace and were waving large banners may have given a bit of an idea what was going on - also why should such a large area be closed off? Surely a 20 mile sea exclusion zone is going a bit far???
To me, the greenpeace banner would be extra incentive, much as a red cape is to a bull.
Seriously though, what's to say a group with seriously ill intentions doesn't come up with the idea of flying a greenpeace banner from their vehicle in the hope that they are seen as benign?
As for the 20 mile sea exclusion being excessive, yeah, it probably is. Nonetheless, if it has been clearly demarcated, and you decide you want to crash the zone, whether as a publicity stunt or for whatever reason, be prepared for some brutal consequences. Security forces take protecting heads of state mighty seriously and will do WHATEVER it takes to get the job done. Anyone with lick of common sense should fully understand that.
Sarah, excellent point. Greenpeace can burn all of the fossil fuels they want because they are so morally superior to all the rest of us filthy globe warmers.