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German police force through nuclear shipment

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Environmental protesters trying to block the route of a shipment of nuclear waste in Germany have been forcibly removed by police. The campaigners had earlier failed to stop a train ferrying the radioactive cargo from arriving at its destination in the north of the country.

The demonstrators later turned their attention to the lorries intended to transport the waste from the rail line to the nuclear site, chaining themselves too them or trying to drive them off.

About a thousand activists had also blocked the road. Some chained themselves to concrete slabs barricading the route. But one by one they were removed by police.

The 120 tonnes of toxic material was brought back to Gorleben in Germany after being treated in northern France. The protests forced a delay of 12 hours but did not stop the shipment altogether.

However, it did require a massive security operation involving some 16,000 officers to ensure the journey was completed. The shipments take place annually and have become a focal point of anti-nuclear protests.