Anti-nuclear activists have gathered in northern Switzerland to protest at what they call ‘dinosaur technology.”
More than 3,000 people demonstrated against the building of any new atomic power plants in the Alpine nation. Despite the sunshine and carnival atmosphere, past nuclear nightmares were uppermost in many minds.
“I am a child of Chernobyl and we are fighting to ensure this will never happen again,” said one young woman taking part.
“The new nuclear plants are an old technology,” added another. “We don’t need them and I don’t want them for Switzerland’s future.”
Urging greater use of solar and wind power, the anti-nuclear lobby hopes the rally is the first step to securing victory in a forthcoming referendum.
“This is the point of departure for the campaign that leads to 2013 when we will vote for or against the building of new nuclear plants,” said protest organiser Matteo Buzzi.
Among those taking part were veterans of Switzerland’s anti-nuclear movement of the 1970s. Today, the country has five working nuclear reactors. Atomic power accounts for some 40 per cent of its overall production of electricity.