Target: Iranian Revolutionary Guard
Demand: Stop harassing boats for no reason.
U.S. officials recently announced that a U.S. cargo ship was encircled by patrol boats from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, though no one was harmed and no one boarded the boat. The U.S. ship, the M/V Maersk Kensington, was traveling near the Straight of Hormuz in an internationally recognized maritime route.
A few days later, the Iranian Navy ordered a Marshall Islands-flagged ship who was travelling through the Straight of Hormuz to move further into Iranian waters. When the ship refused, the Iranian Navy fired warning shots. When the ship finally complied, the Iranian Navy boarded the ship.
Because the Straight of Hormuz is an internationally recognized maritime route, ships are typically allowed to travel through with the understanding that they are complying with the rules.
Dear Iranian Revolutionary Guard,
It has come to light that a U.S.-flagged cargo ship passing through the Straight of Hormuz was encircled by patrol boats recently. It was also reported that a Marshall Islands-flagged ship was boarded after shots were fired by your patrol boats.
Both of these ships were traveling in an internationally recognized maritime route. Therefore, they should not have been harassed by your patrol boats. We the undersigned urge you to stop harassing vessels that are passing through the Straight of Hormuz for unknown reasons.
[Your name here]
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