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Nuclear waste train trundles towards protests

The Local · 26 Nov 2011, 12:18

Published: 26 Nov 2011 12:18 GMT+01:00

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Organisers said they were expecting some 20,000 people to protest in the town of Dannenberg, where the 11 containers of reprocessed German nuclear waste being carried by the train are due to be unloaded.

The number of protestors expected at Dannenberg is however fewer than half

those who turned out this time last year, when Germany was at the height of a

debate over nuclear power in the country. Since then – and in the wake of March's nuclear disaster in Fukushima in Japan – the German government has decided to abandon atomic power. This appears to have dampened the protests.

After the waste is unloaded in Dannenberg, it will then be transported by heavy goods trucks for the final 20 kilometres (12 miles) to Gorleben, where it will be stored.

So far, a number of largely peaceful protests have slightly slowed the progress of the train since it left Normandy in France on Wednesday. Activists blocked the train tracks at the town of Neunkirchen Friday afternoon where the train stopped for five hours to change engines and television pictures showed activists removing ballast stones from under the tracks in a bid to slow the train's progress.

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There were isolated outbreaks of violence on Thursday and Friday in Metzingen, near Gorleben, where 10 masked people attacked police with bricks and smoke bombs but managed to escape arrest, said an AFP news agency photographer at the scene. Police said unknown assailants had set fire to two patrol cars.


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Your comments about this article

16:05 November 26, 2011 by storymann
The train was the last of 12 shipments of treated German nuclear from Areva.The contract to treat German nuclear waste will not be renewed as Germany is going Nuke free.
03:23 November 27, 2011 by stablemate77
looks like a nice protest......good soldiers marching....
04:33 November 27, 2011 by Bill Simpson
Advertising it was a smart move. Who came up with that plan?
10:13 November 27, 2011 by catjones
Yeah, let's derail the nuclear waste train, that will satisfy the green protests.
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