Anti-nuclear feelings spark mass protests in Germany

Thousands of protesters have taken part in anti-nuclear demonstrations in Germany, as the first shipment of waste in two years was transported from France to Germany.

German police removed up to a thousand protesters blocking the train track on which the shipment was travelling, but reports say an alternative route was used to move the waste.

The main rally took place in Dannesberg, with many waving flags with the slogan "Nuclear Power? No, Thanks." Organisers estimated 50,000 took part in the rally, but the police put the number at around 20,000.

Protesters are angry over Chancellor Angela Merkel's plans to extend the operating life of Germany's 17 nuclear power stations, storage of nuclear waste and the dangers of transporting it.

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