Germany has stored radioactive waste in Gorleben for three decades. And for three decades, protesters have tried to block transport of that waste, blowing whistles and chaining themselves to railroad tracks. However, this year’s resistance was the largest seen in the history of Gorleben protest, even participated by politicians.
The difference between last century's and today's protest is of course that more people have access to the internet and hence the word can be spread wider and faster - which probably explains the high number in activists.
Even sheep seemed to be interested this year :))...
Chancellorstill believes nuclear plants are necessary to preserve access to cheap energy as part of a comprehensive energy policy that included developing renewable resources. Well I guess if she says so it must be true. Why use the wind, the sun or the waves if we can have nuclear power!
Claudia Roth, the Green Party co-chairwoman, joined protestors on Saturday to block a road.
The train hauling 11 containers of radioactive waste rolled through Germany on Saturday on its 621 mile journey from Valognes, France. Though the events were mostly peaceful, television news reports showed some clashes, with the police beating back protesters with batons, tear gas and water cannons, while demonstrators attacked officers and at one point tried to light a police vehicle on fire.
20.000 police officers were mobilized to ensure that the waste material reaches its destination.
But it was the Saturday protests, not the violence, that demonstrated how deep the opposition went. Tens of thousands of protesters descended on Dannenberg where they displayed flags with the slogan, "Atomkraft - nein danke." (“Nuclear Power — No, Thanks.”)