This week Dutch citizen Erwin Vermeulen was arrested by the police in Taiji, Japan. Erwin is in Taiji with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as a Cove Guardian. He traveled to Japan by his own expense to bear witness to the dolphin slaughters taking place there. An employee at the Dolphin Resort Hotel accused Erwin of shoving him, so the police arrested him without any witness to the act.
In Japan the law allows a person to be held for 23 days without being given the opportunity for visitors or speaking to a lawyer. It is usually in these 23 days that Japan gets their guilty pleas. Erwin has also not been allowed to speak to the Dutch Embassy.
If he pleads guilty the police say he will be released within two days. Clearly, the police and fishermen of Taiji, Japan are trying to convey to the world that the Cove Guardians are violent and break laws while protesting the dolphin hunts.