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One of the pirate leaders, Sugule Ali, explains that their motive is “to stop illegal fishing and dumping in our waters. . . . We don’t consider ourselves sea bandits. We consider sea bandits [to be] those who illegally fish, and dump waste, and carry weapons in our seas.”
As the ICGS are meeting in Rome today (June 10, 2009), two Egyptian trawlers full of fish illegally caught in Somali waters and an Italian barge that had been towing two huge tanks suspected of containing toxic or nuclear waste are being held in the Somali coastal town of Las Khorey by the local community, who invited the international experts to come and investigate these cases. So far, the international community has not responded to the Las Khorey community’s invitation.
Originally posted by hangedman13
I'm sorry but this whole thing pirates has nothing to do with stopping illegal dumping. It's grasping at straws. You mean to tell me they are eco-warriors? No it has more to due with the money they can make compared to fishing. Pr spin says they do it because of illegal dumping off shore and it makes a excuse that soft-hearted people will eat up.
I will say your are correct about piracy being ignored elsewhere. Malaysia is another hot area for it. The Somali pirates get press coverage because they took a US crew hostage and now people are aware of them.
[edit on 1-11-2009 by hangedman13]