Gorleben nuke waste transport protests banned

von 24.10.2004 01:25

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Assemblies and demonstrations during the imminent transport of 12 caskets of nuclear waste to Gorleben have been banned, reported the ddp news agency. Two weeks before the transport is expected, the district government (Bezirksregierung) in Lüneburg said it imposed the ban because of expected illegal road and rail blockades and “unpeaceful actions” before and during the transportation.
The ban applies to what is called the “transport corridor” and is aimed at keeping protestors away from the route.

“It is the duty of the assembly authority to prevent that the transport of Castor caskets containing highly radioactive waste has to be stopped because of illegal and punishable actions,” said government vice-president Bernd Hufenreuter in Lüneburg.

As well as the railway line from Lüneburg to Dannenberg the ban applies to the road route from Dannenberg to Gorleben as well as the side route through Quickborn. The general decree applies to 50 metres either side of road and rail, the area of Lüneburg railway station with access roads as well as an area within a 500-metre radius of the loading station in Dannenberg and the grounds on which the “interim storage” hall stands.

Applied for demonstrations will be banned until 8 November, ones not applied for until the end of the transport.

Before a similar transport in 2001 Germany’s supreme court ruled that restrictions on the right to assemble are commensurate if danger is prognosticated. The district government assumes considerable endangerment of public safety in the transport area during coming transports.

In Dannenberg the 12 Castors will be lifted off the rail cars onto trucks. This eighth consignment of German waste returning from processing in the plutonium factory in La Hague, north France, will be trucked the last 20 metres to the dump, which already contains 44 caskets waiting for permanent disposal.


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Man-high freshly painted X symbols – denoting “we’ll cross your plans” – on roadside trees and in front yards are again lining the trunk road from Lüneburg into Lüchow-Dannenberg county.

“According to our sources the Castors could already arrive in the Wendland [the local name] on 8 November, earlier than in past years,” says Francis Althoff of the civic action group, Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Lüchow-Dannenberg (BI).

He expects 3,000 people for the start-up demonstration on 6 November. “From the grandma to the grandchild everyone will be there again.”
Preparations for the transport are going full throttle. While paramilitary border police are patrolling the rail route, 50 clergymen and deacons are preparing with a “mediation training” for the expected confrontations of nuclear opponents and police.

“The church plans to strengthen its peace work at the Castor transport,” says Dannenberg superintendent Peter Kritzokat.

For the first time the churchmen will wear white vests to be better recognised be in the thicks of things round the clock.

Police say they’ll deploy fewer people than before. “That’s in accordance with our present assessment of the situation,” says operation leader Friedrich Niehörster, director of police in Lüneburg. He did not give numbers.

Last year about 12,500 police secured the transport on its 350-km run through the state of Lower Saxony. Thousands more had guarded it on the way through France and the rest of Germany.

Niehörster said the number of what are called conflict managers is also to be cut. But these police with special training would be better deployed, he said.

Police last year injured 85 demonstrators in clashes in the Wendland – see  http://de.indymedia.org/2003/11/67094.shtml . For other recent nuke transport news see  http://de.indymedia.org/2004/10/96484.shtml .

(Translated by Diet Simon)

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