Castor transport on the road longer than any predecessor
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Castor transport on the road longer than any predecessor

Paris : France | Nov 27, 2011 at 11:01 AM PST
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Anti-nuclear protesters against the transport and storage of nuclear waste attend a blockade

The Castor transport of highly radioactive nuclear waste from France needs this year as long as never before in the Gorleben interim storage facility. Sunday afternoon he was already more than 92 hours on the road, as the citizens' initiative Lüchow-telling. Numerous actions delayed the journey, the police complained an "increasing violence" of protesters - but was also criticized sharply.

The train with the eleven Castor containers had made in the early hours of Sunday in the freight yard at Hamburg mesh grip and started only around noon towards Dannenberg. There, the containers are unloaded from the train onto trucks and then driven to the Gorleben interim storage facility.

Last year, the Castor after 92 hours had arrived in the interim storage facility - which was already the longest up to that transport.From the perspective of the protesters is any extension of the transportation a success. For Lower Saxony on the other hand, this means high costs. Last year, the expenditure of the country for the Castor transport 36.5 million euros.

Anti-nuclear activists chained themselves to rails and concrete to a pyramid in order to delay the passage of the train. At the 19-kilometer stretch of road between the camp of demonstrators gather in order to block the road. Early Sunday morning the police had finished a track thousands of anti-nuclear blockade of largely peaceful.

The Police Commissioner Frederick Lüneburg Niehörster complained but an increasing propensity for violence during the protests. According to the "Welt am Sonntag" reported the person responsible for transporting Niehörster a group of Lower Saxony state parliament that police were pelted with golf balls, for example, which had been prepared with nails. He also reports of arson attacks on cable trays in the train and from sawed trees that should be thrown at police cars.

Green Party leader Claudia Roth threw themselves before the police a "completely coated" approach.The application was "an attack on democracy," she said at the national party of the Greens in Kiel.Specifically, they also justified the blockades of Castor's opponents. "For me it's about the right to protest, and since the blockade is one of them." The police union said, the conduct of officials was "impeccable". You should and need to apply physical force if necessary and make use of their police agents use.

The Castor transport is the last with high-level radioactive waste from the reprocessing of German spent fuel in La Hague in France. He was started on Wednesday. Throughout Germany during the transport of some 19,000 policemen are deployed.

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Police stand in front of protesters as the castor train with nuclear waste arrives in Dannenberg
Maroof Kamboh is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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