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Protests at German nuclear storage plant

 Protests at German nuclear storage plant
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Clashes between police and protestors that have accompanied a shipment of nuclear waste from France to Germany continued during Monday night.

The radioactive freight reached its final destination at a storage facility in Gorleben only after riot police had battled to clear environmental campaigners from the route.

Around a thousand demonstrators staged a sit-in outside the plant in a last bid to prevent the toxic cargo arriving. Police dispersed them with water cannon and batons.

There had been similar protests all along the route. The spent nuclear fuel was being returned to Germany from a treatment site in northern France.

The train shipment takes place annually and there have been large-scale protests in recent years.

But a huge security operation is required to make the transfer possible.

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