Rainbow Warrior: #OnThisDay

On 10th of July 1985, Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace boat, was blown up by intelligence officers from France. Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira was killed.

Image credit: Hans van Dijk for Anefo, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Rainbow Warrior was in the harbour at Aukland, New Zealand. It was there because there was a planned French nuclear test to take place in Moruroa. 

The sinking was initially denied by the French but two men were captured by the New Zealand police. They were French foreign intelligence officers. The scandal resulted in the resignation of the French Defence Minister Charles Hernu

Charged with manslaughter , the agents were sentenced to ten years. They served about two years confined to the French island of Hao before being freed by the French government.

Click on this link to read more about the man the French killed in an act of state sponsored terrorism – Fernando Pereira

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