Photo Gallery A Weekend of Nuclear Protests

This weekend over 15,000 people turned out to try to disrupt a delivery of nuclear waste across Germany. While there were ugly scenes between militant activists and police, most protests were peaceful.
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Germany saw a series of protests this weekend as anti-nuclear activists attempted to disrupt the transport of atomic waste from France to Gorleben in northern Germany. Here riot police put out fires started by some protestors along the rails.

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The controversial shipment of 11 containers provoked protests, some violent, most peaceful.

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The containers arrived at the station in Dannenberg in the early hours of Monday morning.

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Protestors had managed to delay the transport by some 14 hours. The containers are to be transported by truck for the last 20 kilometers to the storage facility at Gorleben.

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There were some ugly scenes. On Sunday some 700 militants threw fire crackers at the police and set bales of straw on fire. The police used batons and water cannon to break up the demonstrations.

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The protests may have been specifically about the delivery of the radioactive waste, but generally they marked a revival of the anti-nuclear movement in Germany.

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Most of the protests were peaceful, with cheerful bubble-blowing demonstrators staging sit-ins along the railway lines.

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They were escorted away by police one by one. Some 16,000 officers were deployed across Germany to ensure the waste reached its destination.

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Some protestors chained themselves to the tracks and had to be cut free by the police.

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The officers had to check that the track was intact. On Saturday deliberate fires in signalling equipment disrupted rail traffic, knocking out the high-speed line between Berlin and Hamburg.

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Protestors stage a sit-in in front of the Gorleben storage facility.

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Protesters tried again on Monday night to block the shipment, setting bales of straw on fire on a road in Laase, in northern Germany.

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Police forces tried to occupy the road themselves to prevent protesters from getting a foothold. Many demonstrators were forcibly removed.

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The convoy carrying eleven containers of nuclear waste finally arrived at its destination on Tuesday morning at a depot in Gorleben, some 95 miles (155 kilometers) northeast of Hannover.

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Anti-nuclear protestors are silhouetted here in a front of a water cannon as they try to block a road in Laase, northern Germany. Although the demonstrations managed to delay the shipment, they could not prevent it.

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Protesters chained themselves to two cement pyramids in the town of Grippel on Monday, causing an hour delay in the waste-transport.

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One anti-nuclear group described the weekend's activities as the "Renaissance of the anti-nuclear movement."

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