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 This week: In Germany a train carrying nuclear waste was halted on Tuesday by protesters who attached themselves to the rail track. During the night, riot police fought running battles with anti-nuclear campaigners around the rail terminal in Dannenberg. Patrick Bartlett reports.
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Nuclear waste protest

29th March 2001

Nuclear waste protest in Germany


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   Police have been working through the night to free the protesters from the track just a few kilometres outside Dannenberg. The anti-nuclear campaigners used concrete blocks and chains to attach themselves to the line in such a way that it's proved extremely difficult to release them without damaging the rails.

Meanwhile, the train carrying the nuclear waste has been reversed back up the line to a secure location. It's thought it's now about twenty-five kilometres east of the rail terminal at Dannenberg. The latest well-planned attack on the line follows a series of sit-ins on the track on Tuesday involving hundreds of protesters.
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free:remove the protesters who have attached themselves to the rails

anti-nuclear campaigners: a campaign is a set of activities planned to achicve something such as social or political change. These campaigners are people who oppose the use of nuclear power.

concrete blocks: large rectangular pieces of concrete

has been reversed back up the line: going backwards along the rails in the opposite direction

It's thought it's now: people believe, although nobody actually knows

sit-ins: a sit-in is a protest in which people sit in a public place and refuse to be moved

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   During the night, riot police used water cannon to disperse up to five thousand demonstrators in Dannenberg, some of whom had set up road blocks. When it finally reaches the town, the train will be unloaded and the six containers of radioactive material placed on trucks for the short road journey to the storage site at Gorleben.

That transfer could take up to twelve hours, during which the terminal is likely to be besieged by demonstrators. While accepting that they won't stop the waste reaching its destination, the protesters hope the huge cost of the security operation will force the government to reconsider future shipments.
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water cannon:a machine which shoots a powerful jet of water, used to break up demonstrations

set up road blocks: a road block is a barrier which is put across a road to prevent people from going across it

storage site:a place where something is kept until it is needed likely to be besieged...: both phrases indicate that these things may happen but that it is not definite

reconsider future shipments: think again about whether to deliver more waste

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