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GERMANS ANGRY TO HAVE “FRENCH NUCLEAR-WASTE” TRAINS ON THEIR RAILS TO DUMP THERE

26 Nov 2011

HOT CARGO ENTERS GERMANY A French train loaded with 150 tons (in several white colored sealed (still hot) containers)of “reprocessed” nuclear waste crossed the border into Germany on 24 Nov 2011, heading for its usual destination 1,100 kilometers away:  the small far N.E. German town of Gorleben, a small municipality (Gemeinde) in the Gartow region of the Lüchow-Dannenberg District in Lower Saxony, to a highly controversial radioactive waste storage facility. This was the last of 12 shipments of nuclear waste from French nuclear reactors to Gorleben in recent years, in accordance with a contract between the two Countries, and expected to expire in 2011.

THE HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL 1,100 KM. TRAIN JOURNEY from France to Gorleben has always met with both French and German public opposition. Thousands of protesters in both countries have tried removing stones under the railways, and often clashed with police who came to protect the train, by sitting on the train’s path. German protest organizers said that they are prepared to “welcome” the train.  A demonstrations by tens of thousands people are expected at places near Gorleben.

ACTIVISTS WILL CERTAINLY TAKE ACTIONS.  Jochen Stay, a spokesman for the anti-nuclear group “Ausgestrahlt (Irradiated)”, said that protesters and activist would “certainly take action to disturb the trains and roads, but they do not want to escalate the situation…We hope the police can act sensibly and appropriately with people”;  However, it always has been hard for both sides to keep calm. On 23 Nov 2011, one day after the train began its journey, police used water cannon, and tear gas against a few hundred protesters near the French border, as some demonstrators threw stones and smoke bombs at officers. There were several arrests afterwards.

FEWER ACTIVISTS EXPECTED THIS TIME In Germany, both organizers and police, predicted the number of protesters would be fewer than last year when nearly 40,000 people turned out against the shipment.  Their reasoning is based on the “changed political situation.”  Only last June 2011, German parliament approved bills submitted by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to close all of its 17 nuclear plants by 2022, thus making Germany the first major industrial power abandoning atomic plants.

Thanks to Xinhua, Berlin, 25 Nov 2011

SO THE STORY GOES…

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MY TAKE:

GERMAN (AND FRENCH) FOLKS’ ANGER IS EASY TO UNDERSTAND.  Nuclear waste must be the most undesirable of “imports” into Germany (or any country).  One wonders how France worked out the agreement with past German Governmental officials.  I guess the usual way: By greasing palms with money – Lots of money!

PERMIT ME A HOME -SPUN ANALOGY:   I believe I have a genuine grievance when my neighbors bring their dogs on a leash to doodo  (defecate)on my front lawn.  They say their dogs want to ” do their thing” on someone else’s yard…but, must they leave their turds on mine? – Damn!  At least they are not radioactive turds, or long-term toxic; Still, one must watch where to step. – NO FAIR!

SIMILARLY, THOSE WHO INSIST ON CREATING NUCLEAR WASTE (FRANCE STILL DOES! – BIG TIME) SHOULD FEEL A RESPONSIBILITY TO DEAL WITH THEIR OWN MESS!

One’s national grounds MUST BE defended against all enemies, foreign, and domestic;  Radioactivity is the worst, and most implacable of enemies!  Just ask the Japanese!

gonzedo

P.S. No wonder we have so many readers in Germany ! France too!

 

November 26, 2011 at 1:57 AM Comments (37)