The nuclear waste is on its way but protesters near the storage site in Germany are determined to show they are not happy.
Friday’s student march in Luechow is just one of a wave of rallies scheduled throughout the weekend as the shipment winds its way to Gorleben.
People power has been stirred by opposition to the government’s decision to extend the working life of Germany’s atomic power plants by 12 years on average.
Jochen Stay of pressure group ‘X-Tausendmal Quer’ said he was counting on the largest protest in the 33 year history of such shipments because “so many people are unhappy with Mrs Merkel’s radical nuclear energy policy.”
The German public remains wary of nuclear power and clashes are feared with thousands of activists and thousands of police on opposing sides as the nuclear waste draws nearer.
German authorities had said they were also expecting acts of sabotage on the railway tracks on which the train is travelling.