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Thousands march for nuclear-free peace

The Local · 24 Apr 2011, 11:48

Published: 24 Apr 2011 11:48 GMT+02:00

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Many resisted the call of chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday to demonstrate their desire for peace on wheels, with cyclists riding from Essen to Gelsenkirchen and from Herne to Bochum.

The ‘Bikers without Borders’ initiative took their motorbikes to the streets in Cologne calling for an end to nuclear weapons and nuclear power.

Saturday had already seen around 4,000 people sacrifice a sunny day in the park for a march through Berlin to show their desire for peace and a future without nuclear power.

Placards bore slogans such as “Protect civilians in Libya against Nato” and “Stop the criminal aggression against Libya” as well as the traditional anti-nuclear power images.

The march in Hamburg’s city centre attracted only 750 people, calling for the withdrawal of German troops from Afghanistan and a cease-fire in Libya.

In Bremen marchers protested against weapons exports while in Braunschweig, Hannover, Oldenburg and Osnabrück the calls were for nuclear power to be abandoned as well as for nuclear weapons to be scrapped.

In Düsseldorf those on the streets on Saturday called for the German army to stop advertising in schools while in Duisburg they were more ambitious with their protest, announcing the start of a three-day Ruhr region Easter march.

People also took to the streets in Mainz, where the call was for “A world without war, military or violence”, while in Saarbrücken marchers demanded the withdrawal of the ‘Saarland Brigade’ from Afghanistan.

Other marches in Ellwangen, Mannheim, Heilbronn and Stuttgart called for solidarity with those fighting for social and democratic rights in Arabic countries. Those in Bavarian towns such as Erlangen, Würzburg, Ansbach, Munich, Augsburg and Traunstein also called for war to be ended and nuclear weapons to be made redundant.

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Further demonstrations, marches and rallies are planned for Easter Monday, with a particulary emphasis on the anti-nuclear aspect of calls for peace – in the 25th year since the Chernobyl disaster and in the light of recent events in Fukushima in Japan.


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17:36 April 24, 2011 by jmclewis
If it were not for nuclear power in France these people would have to take a hot shower after the march to remove the coal and oil soot from them. There parents and grand parents would have died at much younger ages from respiratory diseases. They should be thanking nuclear power, not condemning it. I guess the movement is about feelings ......Not Facts!
17:49 April 24, 2011 by hrt1
I agree with jmclewis regarding the German reactions to nuclear power plants.

But on the other hand Chernobyl and Fukushima do raise the question as to whether nuclear is something that mankind can overcome and better manage, or managing nuclear is beyond man's abilities after all and accordingly we just should scrap it.

The increasing number of nuclear power plants in the world suggests that somebody has to establish new safety standards.
18:05 April 24, 2011 by ruby_18559
jm clewis ...

i love nuclear supporters....now the government knows where to put all the radioactive waste that will be around for 30, 000 years....in your backyard!!!

your a hero mate : )

facts: nuclear energy is not cheap, is not clean, is not safe & most people clearly dont want it.
18:58 April 24, 2011 by raandy
This brings all the Neanderthal's out.
19:15 April 24, 2011 by pepsionice
For the Germans who really feel this way....then do the right thing and convince all your neighbors, friends and work-associates to give up five hours of electricity each and everyday. It might be a rolling blackout where you give up half the hours in the morning and half in the afternoon, or perhaps everyone in north Germany has their power cut in the mid-morning, and everyone in the south has theirs cut in the mid-afternoon.

Do it. Convince everyone that you just don't need electricity. Give up the refrigerator, your fresh milk, your chilled beer, your butter.....and respect the local butcher who has enough in their freezer to sell today, and then no more.

Do it. Convince everyone that your trains don't need to run on time and you don't mind sitting for an hour between Frankfurt and Wiesbaden for the power to come back on.

It amazes me that you have some of the most brilliant people on the face of the Earth in Germany....who invent fantastic things, and here they are....thinking of a naive way to save themselves and not consider consequences. It's the same lack of consequences that got Germans into World War I, and II.

Oh, and yes....in twenty years....your alternate power schemes will finally come true and you just might be able to turn the nuke power off. But you are two decades from that day. Again, think before you do something really stupid. You don't want to be labeled the "Albania" of western Europe.
21:59 April 24, 2011 by ruby_18559

people who think that with today's technology we should be dependent on only fossil fuels & nuclear energy are the ones who are naive & who belong in the stone age...

fossil fuels are far too valuable to be burned for fuel.... we will need them for future industrial processes
00:42 April 25, 2011 by arty
I would be happy to wait longer for the train, have plenty of books to read, so can do it in the station, no problem... also I would love to use candles at home sometimes because candlelight is more calming... i believe the working and living in modern societies is not yet arranged and organized ideally, at least as it would fit the human being with his intellectual capabilities, and people could/should perfect it, which, I think, cannot be done on the cost of the health of the future generations or the planet... and yeah, all those questions about refrigerators and fresh food just seem to be undiscussable facts... but indeed they are far from being the only solution.
03:51 April 25, 2011 by jmclewis
ruby_18559 any technology can be abused you cite 2 nuclear plants in the whole world. Two plants that were poorly engineered........ It could not have been a surprise that a tidal wave would hit Japan they have art with earth quakes and tidal waves going back to the 10th century...... GE is clearly liable for placing this nuclear plant in from of a tidal wave.. It was not a matter of if it would be hit by a wave but when the wave would hit. If that village would have had a coal plant far more people would be ill today and died a premature death from respiratory diseases.

Ruby if your logic was followed when the Ford Pinto was produced one of the worst cars on the planet you would outlaw all cars for the danger they may pose, when the fact are any technology can be poorly engineered and manufactured. The Government of Japan should have never allowed a nuclear plant near the Ocean.

Nuclear Power emits zero pollutants when properly engineered and managed. It should have strict government regulation and oversight. People everyday of there lives are exposed to far more radiation in life then the workers inside a nuclear plant. Occupations such as mountain climbers and explorers, Pilots and many others.

To runs ones life in fear and ignorance is blissful.....and that is what is being offered by the anti nuke people.

Many people protest a low level nuclear waste dump.....but they have no idea what it is. Have you been to the dentist or doctor did he take an xray..... do you have a ionizing smoke detector...... Low level nuclear waste measures higher than back ground radiation.... it is safe you could use it as art on your homes walls. But everyone protest........ Ignorance is bliss.
12:34 April 25, 2011 by Gajanand
The nuclear free German day will be the black day for Germans. Mainly because its more than 1 trillion Euro export economy includes vehicles and machinery.
20:26 April 25, 2011 by ruby_18559
watch :

www. youtube. com/ watch ?v = oz4XpBkR7tM
09:53 April 26, 2011 by Student_LU
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