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2001-11-14

Thousands of Germans Protest Nuclear Waste Shipments From France

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In a small town in rural Germany a major standoff between activists and police is intensifying as thousands of peopleattempt to stop railroad shipments of highly radioactive waste from France to Germany.

On Monday more than 600 people blocked railroad tracks on the route to Gorleben, a small town in Northern Germany,where a radioactive waste dump is located. Police dragged people from the rails over the course of the day as thefirst train was delayed for several hours from reaching its destination.

The shipments of radioactive waste into Germany have generated massive protests involving tens of thousands of peoplein the last several years. More than 15,000 police have descended upon Gorleben and other small towns along thetrain route in effort to stop the protests.

Guest:

  • Sven Teske, Greenpeace activist near Gorleben Germany, where the shipments of radioactive waste fromFrance are headed.

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