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120,000 take stand against nuclear power

AFP/DDP/The Local · 25 Apr 2010, 09:45

Published: 25 Apr 2010 09:45 GMT+02:00

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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.

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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.

AFP/DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

13:39 April 25, 2010 by Bensonradar
Without nuclear power, how is CO2 cut? Burn more low-sulphur coal? Burn more gaz, more household and industrial waste? etc. etc.

jmdk has a point. But, until scientists can clean up nuclear waste, the options are limited.
19:15 April 25, 2010 by LMB222
The problem with nuclear waste is greatly overblown, as the energy density of these materials is very high. There simply is very little left-over from a nuclear plant.

They are also much less dangerous (i.e. kill fewer people) than traditional, coal-fired plants.
20:17 April 25, 2010 by Talonx
One of the problems with nuclear is that it is expensive and is a sink for many that would be better spent on more sustainable energy technologies. It's expensive to store waste, it's expensive to secure against catastrophe, it's expensive to start-up, and it's expensive to employ workers in such factories.
03:43 April 26, 2010 by anaverageguy
It works 24/7 for 3 to 5 years on a fuel loading no matter what the weather. Hot, cold, wet, dry, windy, calm, daylight, dark, cloudy, or bright. It's emissions are far less polluting than any comparable source. More people have been injured in protests against than by the technology itself. But 150,000 IS an impressive number. Take these plants off line and see how many of them will be out there demanding that they be put right back on.

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