von Solar Fighter (translated by Diet Simon) - 06.10.2004
|German original at http://germany.indymedia.org/2004/10/95808.shtml
Trials of anti-nuclear activists continued in a Hanover court (Amtsgericht) on 29
September. Last November the accused stopped a train carrying nuclear waste to Gorleben by
blockading the track near Rohstorf with 150 protesters. The trial confirmed the suspicion
that the police actively promoted the gathering on the rails coming about so as to be able
to arrest everyone.
One accused was acquitted because he was able to prove that the police had told him to step onto the rails. He said as far as he could tell, it was not possible to leave the gathering, however, while the police were ordering a banned gathering to disperse.
Despite this, purely as a point of law, the prosecutor saw a breach of the Railway Construction and Operation Code (EBO). In his view, this would be the case even if a track no longer used were entered! So careful if there are two iron bars lying round somewhere they could be rails!
In explaining their participation in the successful blockade of the nuclear waste train the accused made clear the dangers of atomic energy. They pointed to the constant violation of the constitutional right to life and bodily inviolability by the use of atomic energy. Many people also got seriously ill or died by touching or breathing in radioactive substances in areas where uranium was produced, they said. They recalled the constant danger of massive release of radioactivity by an accident such as the one in Chernobyl in 1986. Nor would there ever be a safe final repository for the dangerous atomic waste. One accused wanted to demonstrate his right to resist and under threat of force was led from the courtroom.
(Translated by Diet Simon)
Bearbeitet am: 30.07.2005/ad
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