Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

120,000 take stand against nuclear power

Share this article

120,000 take stand against nuclear power
The chain runs in front of Brokdorf nuclear power station. Photo: DPA
09:45 CEST+02:00
Around 120,000 people formed a 120-kilometre human chain on Saturday linking the nuclear power stations Krümmel in Schleswig Holstein and Brünsbuttel in Hamburg, in the country's biggest anti-nuclear demonstration for years.

The government has pledged to extend the running time of Germany's 17 nuclear power stations beyond the planned closure date of 2020, sparking what would seem to be a renaissance in the anti-nuclear movement.

Many demonstrators dressed up in costumes, while the famous ‘nuclear power – no thanks' slogan and logo was everywhere to be seen.

Saturday was also just two days before the 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster – a date often chosen for anti-nuclear demonstrations.

The hand-holding demonstration – dubbed ‘chain reaction – stop nuclear energy' - was completely peaceful, police officials said.

The protest brought together citizens' initiatives, environmental organisations, political parties, church groups and trade unions. Although several politicians spoke on stages built along the chain, organisers insisted the demonstration was non-partisan.

Between 10,000 and 20,000 people also gathered at Biblis nuclear power station to form a chain around it, while there were more than 5,000 demonstrators at Ahaus.

Further large-scale protests are being planned for October 2, while it is also expected that protests and blocking actions will resume against the delivery of nuclear waste to the controversial storage facility in Gorleben.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.
Advertisement

From our sponsors

Zagreb: Spend this summer in Croatia's vibrant capital city

Lush green parks throughout the city centre, imposing heritage buildings, real Central European cafe society and Mediterranean style hospitality. Welcome to Zagreb, Croatia's stunning capital!

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement