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Nuclear waste convoy delayed by protests

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Nuclear waste convoy delayed by protests


Anti-nuclear protesters have delayed the arrival of a rail train carrying nuclear waste from France to Germany. The material is scheduled to arrive in Dannenberg on Sunday afternoon, but authorities say widespread demonstrations mean it may now not reach Gorleben, its final destination, until late on Monday.

Yesterday police broke up a blockade by activists and farmers with tractors near the town of Gorleben where the material is due to be stored. Thousands of police will be on duty for the arrival of the nuclear waste. But protest organisers are hoping local officials will change their mind about the rail shipment – 175 tonnes of waste described as highly radioactive.

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