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German police unblock nuclear waste protests

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German police unblock nuclear waste protests


Police in northern Germany have broken up a demonstration that blocked a train carrying nuclear waste from France.

The train is on its way to Dannenberg station.

Officers used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the gathered protesters, who had set up a temporary camp on the tracks.

Over 100 tonnes of reprocessed nuclear waste is being transferred from Valognes in northern France to Gorleben, Germany where it will be stored. Once in Dannenberg, the waste will be loaded onto lorries for the final part of its journey.

Environmentalists have called the cargo “the most radioactive shipment in history.”

Such shipments regularly attract protests in Germany but tension surrounding them has mounted after the government announced in it would extend the life of the nation’s 17 nuclear power plants by 12 years.

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