More than a 100,000 anti-nuclear protesters gathered on the French-German border on Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The demonstrators staged what they called a “die in” on a bridge over the river Rhine in the French border city of Strasbourg. Organisers called for an end to nuclear power saying radioactive fall-out does not recognise frontiers.
“Right here there was radiation, and here there was no more radiation. That’s what we were told 25 years ago,” said one of the organisers, pointing to a border plaque.
The recent events at Fukushima after the Japanese earthquake have galvanised opposition to nuclear power.
There were protests at 12 different sites across France and Germany, including the Brunsbüttel plant on the river Elbe near Hamburg.
In the Austrian capital Vienna the Chancellor Werner Faymann joined protesters. He said that along with the German Social Democrats, he would like to see an EU referendum on abandoning nuclear power.
In Japan too people took to the streets in the capital Tokyo. The demonstrations all had one message in common – with nuclear power, there is no such thing as zero risk.