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Paramedics and doctors who looked after the Gorleben demonstrators say 250 of them went home injured by police, some of them seriously. The first aid team consisting of 12 doctors, 15 paramedics and a female alternative practitioner reported four people seriously injured: a broken arm, a collapse after a kick in the testicles, a head contusion and a stomach injury from a kick by a police horse. There was also a serious cheekbone contusion, rib contusions from baton beatings, sight disturbances from gas-laced water cannons. The helpers especially criticise the use of police horses and the use of pepper spray which can cause life-threatening allergic reactions. - Wolfgang Ehmke of the Bürgerinitiative (BI) Umweltschutz


POLICE BRUTALITY AND CORRUPTION.
A report (in German) on police brutality during the protests and corruption in the police trade union is at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/233489.shtml

The page links to some graphic video footage at
http://kanalb.org/topic.php?clipId=289&Vlang=eng


CLIMBERS STOP EMPTY CASTOR TRAIN Two activist climbers on 22.11. stopped a train near Lüneburg that was taking back the empty railcars that had brought the CASTORS to Gorleben.

They stood on a bridge in a snow storm with a banner “Stop Castor”.
A regional train passed under them. Shortly afterwards police spotted them and stopped all traffic on the Lüneburg-Dannenberg route for about seven hours. Police climbers brought the activists down. The activists said the nuclear issue has to be kept in the public eye all the time. Report in German with one picture at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/233535.shtml


EMPTY CASTOR RAILCARS BEING PICKED UP: German IndyMedia had a report on 21.11. that the empty CASTOR railcars were likely to be picked up that day from the Dannenberg transloading railhead. It was reported that a locomotive was running from Lüneburg to Dannenberg, most likely to pick up these 11 railcars. In past years the empty cars usually went to the shunting yards at Manschen, south of Hamburg, from where the journey continued across the German-French border at Forbach on to the loading station Valogne, which belongs to the La Hague plutonium factory. www.contratom.de/xposting; contratom(at)gmx.de, http://www.contrAtom.de/xposting/+++++++ More photos of the CASTOR protests at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/233370.shtml


A simple car jack capable of lifting up to 12 tonnes was used to seriously damage the railway track shortly before the destination of the CASTOR train. 2008-11-09
A report in German with pictures at

http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/233155.shtml
http://www.castor.de/presse/ejz/2008/november/10e.html

 


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 01:08:13 (CET)

20 hours later than planned, after many convincing, creative blockades, the CASTOR road transport reached the Gorleben interim storage depot at 00:39 am on Tuesday 11 November. BI-Press van 05861-986293 Francis Althoff 0170-9394684 Wolfgang Ehmke 0170-5105606 Kerstin Rudek 0160-1592473 Gerhard Harder 0170-4761201 Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Lüchow- Dannenberg e.V. Rosenstr. 20 - 29439 Lüchow -Tel. 05841-4684 Fax 05841-3197 Buero@bi-luechow-dannenberg.de www.bi-luechow-dannenberg.de
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 01:02:19 (CET)

Tuesday 00:46 am The Castor-Nix-Da campaign wishes to thank all warmly for their engagement and wishes everyone a good trip home. See you again!
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 00:59:49 (CET)

Tuesday 00:43 am Now that the CASTORS are in the storage compound, there’s tidying up to do. On Tuesday people will still be needed on the Esso-Wiese, in the camps and at the info-points.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 00:57:30 (CET)

Tuesday 00:29 am The first of the 11 CASTORS arrived at the storage compound at 00:25 am. ++++ Press conference starts at 1 am in the Trebeler Bauernstuben pub in Trebel. +++++++ 00:23 am The CASTORS are driving again. +++++++ 00:20 am The CASTOR convoy is stopped outside Gorleben.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 00:53:03 (CET)

Tuesday 00:14 am The bus to Berlin leaves Tuesday morning (11.11) at the earliest. Meeting point 9 am from Camp Hitzacker. Only 57 seats available. We welcome anyone for the rise.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 00:48:31 (CET)

Tuesday 00:10 am Although the CASTOR convoy has passed through Laase, police are still using violence. +++++++ 00:06 am Half an hour after the convoy has entered to storage compound the Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Lüchow-Dannenberg and representatives of all initiatives will hold a press conference in the Trebeler Bauernstuben pub in Trebel. +++++++ 00:03 am The CASTOR convoy runs past Laase.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 00:43:50 (CET)

Tuesday 11 November 00:02 am The water cannon are firing full force into the people although they’re more than 50 metres away from the CASTOR route.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 00:42:08 (CET)

Monday 11:57 pm Laase: Several hundred people are walking quietly and determinedly towards the road. The water canno are still there.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 00:39:48 (CET)

Monday 11:47 pm The CASTOR convoy has run through Klein Gusborn. +++++++ 11:40 pm The convoy is just before Klein Gusborn. +++++++ 11:39 pm In Langendorf one person is still hanging in a tree to protest against the transport. +++++++ 11:32 pm In Grippel police run across private land. +++++++ 11:32 pm In Grippel two people are hanging in trees. 100 people are on the adjacent plots of land.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 00:33:10 (CET)

Monday 11:18 pm The CASTOR convoy has taken the southern route to Gorleben via Splietau.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 00:31:33 (CET)

Monday 11:15 pm The CASTOR convoy has started to move.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 00:26:30 (CET)

Monday 11:07 pm The police leadership have issued the order that escorting policewomen must keep at least six metres between themselves and the CASTOR.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 00:24:39 (CET)

Monday 11:03 pm The tractor with the wheel missing is off the road.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 00:23:26 (CET)

Monday 10:54 pm When the CASTORS arrive in the storage compound people who don’t want to be alone have the chance to meet on the Essowiese in Dannenberg. +++++++ 10:52 pm Reminder that Radio Freies Wendland will broadcast again from 11 pm until 6 am at the latest.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 22:40:49 (CET)

Monday 10:33 pm The water cannons in Laase are to prevent people moving into the 50m no-go zone and onto the road.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 22:28:15 (CET)

Monday 10:22 pm The tractor missing a wheel is still in the way in Quickborn and police can’t shift it.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 22:26:06 (CET)

Monday 10:16 pm Several hundred people are on the transport route in Laase. Police are using water cannons. +++++++ 10:13 pm In Grippel the last activist was removed from the pyramid.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 22:22:17 (CET)

Monday 10:02 pm Colourful activity by 100 people in Laase to the left and right of the route. +++++++ 10:01 pm Grippel: The last person is still chained to the pyramid and there are still 150 people present. The mood is good and there’s good music. +++++++ 9:53 pm Only one tractor still standing in the way in Quickborn. It’s lost a wheel. Police are using heavy equipment. It’s estimated on location that it will take 30 minutes until the northern route (via Quickborn) is completely free. +++++++ 9:40 pm In Grippel only one pyramid with one person chained on is left on the road. +++ In Quickborn two tractors are left on the road that seem to be causing the police some problems.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 22:06:44 (CET)

Monday 9:21 pm Radio Freies Wendland back on air from 11 pm. +++++++ 9:20 pm Yes we can – photo in the taz newspaper http://www.taz.de/typo3temp/pics/0894258e63.jpg
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 22:04:31 (CET)

Monday 9:06 pm The assembly in Laase is registered until tomorrow, 11.11.2008 10 pm and will stay active. If police do ID checks between Dünsche and Laase, insist on your right of passage. +++++++ 8:59 pm Pictures of the Gorleben climbing action today at http://pictures.hboeck.de/castor2008/ +++++++ 8:57 pm At Breeser Weg and round the reloading crane the police columns have been set up that will descort the CASTOR. The truck drivers have gone again to eat some soup. +++++++ 8:48 pm Church service after the CASTOR transport Tuesday 7 pm in the Langendorf church.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 21:51:24 (CET)

Monday 8:30 pm In Gorleben at the level of the fishery two, possibly three Robin Wood activists are in trees parallel to the road. +++++++ 8:25 pm At the info-point in Gorleben there’s food, drink and action ideas. +++++++ 8:14 pm 25 police crew vans were sighted on the road between Dahlenburg and Lüneburg, heading towards Dannenberg. +++++++ 8:11 pm In Grippel a third person has been detached from the pyramid by police. One person remains attached to this one. All four are still chained to the second pyramid.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 21:45:07 (CET)

Monday 7:58 pm There are a lot of us and we’ve been long on the roads. On the road at the blockade points blankets, hot beverages, bread, vegan food, cheese and other strengthening vittels are needed. +++++++ 7:49 pm There are still 10 tractors and 200 people on the road in Quickborn. Clearing all away is expected to take at least another two to three hours. +++++++ 7:45 pm Police are removing the sit-down blockade in Grippel. Demonstrators are being pushed back.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 21:37:53 (CET)

Monday 7:44 pm Dear people, we’ve managed to make this the longest CASTOR transport ever. Super!!!!! Stay cool, we have plenty to celebrate.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 21:26:00 (CET)

Monday 7:35 pm The MobilisingMusicFightingWagon stands in Laase at the biogas plant in the direction of Gorleben. They’re happy to get listeners. +++++++ 7:29 pm A second person has been detached from the pyramids in Grippel.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 21:22:37 (CET)

Monday 7:09 pm Status • Unrest continues in the Wendland • In Grippel police expect to take three to five hours to detach chained-on demonstrators from concrete pyramids. There are now also 150 people sitting on the road. • In Laase it is possible to walk along the CASTOR route towards Gorleben. Many people are doing that. • In Klein Gusborn are 7 tractors in a side road of the route and many people on the route. • In Quickborn there are still 15 tractors on the route as well as about 150 people. • Police are disquieted by the radiation revelation. • The trucking won’t start before one of the possible routes is completely cleared.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 21:15:50 (CET)

Monday 6:53 pm Radio Freies Wendland still on air until 7 pm, then again from 8 to 9 pm. +++++++ 6:44 pm Under a police ban to return to the same place, the six Robin Wood activists are at liberty again. They are well. +++++++ 6:43 pm The drivers of the low-loaders at the reloading crane have returned. As reported at 5:38 pm, they wanted to “knock off for the day” but changed their minds. +++++++ 6:27 pm There are no problems getting to the reloading crane. There are people there already.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 21:09:58 (CET)

Monday 6:07 pm Press release by the Lüchow-Dannenberg Farmers’ Emergency Association Against Nuclear Power. The chained-on demonstrators in Grippel demand negotiations. After 8 people chained themselves to two concrete blocks in Grippel on the CASTOR trucking route, the detachment of the protesters from the blocks is proving very difficult and time-consuming for the police. It’s estimated that the procedure could take several hours. The chained people, members of the Lüchow-Dannenberg Farmers’ Emergency Association Against Nuclear Power, want to negotiate with a representativbe of the :Lower Saxony state government, say a state secretary.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 21:00:09 (CET)

Monday 6:02 pm In Laase there are various possibilities to get involved. 100 people have gathered at the biogas plant in Laase. One can also take a stroll towards the info-point Gorleben. +++++++ 5:45 pm In Grippel at the pyramid blockade police have detached the first person from the pyramid. The top of this pyramid was not sawn off. +++++++ 5:38 pm The drivers of the low-loaders now carrying the CASTOR containers have left the reloading crane areas as a group. It’s assumed they’re taking a break in the nearby roadhouse. Asked by journalists what they were doing, they replied: “Knocking off for the day.”
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 20:52:40 (CET)

Monday 5:33 pm In Grippel the top has been sawn off the pyramid pointing to Gartow. It didn’t provide the police with any clues. Nor can the pyramids be moved because the chained-on arms would be broken. A plan to lift them was given up. +++++++ 5:18 pm Around 5:11 pm all Robin Wood activists at the waste compound were taken out of the trees by police. +++++++ 5:08 pm Judge Saffran at Dannenberg district court has confirmed the detention of the activist from Quickborn. The activist would have to “stay inside” until the CASTORS are in the storage compound.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 20:42:41 (CET)

Monday 5:02 pm In Klein Gusborn is a new blockade with 30 people. The location is easy to get to. +++++++ 4:59 pm Police have now taken down two Robin Wood activists at the waste compound. Four remain in the trees. +++++++ 4:56 pm The Quickborn blockade still contains 20 tractors on the road. +++++++ 4:41 pm Police have removed the blockade in Gorleben at the info-point. +++++++ 4:30 pm On the road from the info-point Gorleben in the direction of Gorleben are 70 blockaders. Police are standing between them and the info-point.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany



Monday, November 10, 2008 at 20:34:13 (CET)

Monday 4:22:40 pm At the waste compound the last person is out from under the tractor. +++++++ 4:20 pm Radio Freies Wendland has been given another hour air time. Back on air from 6 to 7 pm. +++++++ 4:18 pm Only one person left chained to the tractor at the waste compound. +++++++ 4:14 pm The Musenpalast in Laase won’t fold its tents yet today but continues to offer culture, food and drink. +++++++ 4:13 pm From the Robin Wood rope bridge 300 metres from the storage compound are suspended not 2 but 6 activists.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 20:27:50 (CET)

Monday 4:11 pm Report with pictures of Greenpeace activists chaining themselves to a truck on the CASTOR route. http://www.greenpeace.de/themen/atomkraft/nachrichten/artikel/greenpeace_aktivisten_ketten_sich_auf_castor_strecke_fest/ansicht/bild/ Action today near the reloading crane. +++++++ 4:08 pm Police have carried off all the sitters outside the waste compound. But the tractor is still there with two people chained to it. +++++++ 4:02 pm The work on the concrete pyramids in Grippel is progressing poorly. A second demolition team is brought in. The people are as good as possible under the circumstances. +++++++ 3:22 pm In the blockade at the waste compound three people have chained themselves to a tractor.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 20:15:24 (CET)

Monday 3:16 pm The MobilisingMusicFightingWagon is in Laase, where there are about 40 people. Strolling in the woods. +++++++ 3:15 pm It’s again possible to drive by car from Dünsche to Laase, from Laase one can walk to Grippel. +++++++ 3:07 pm People are still streaming into Quickborn. +++++++ 3:06 pm Five tractors are standing 5 metres apart on the route in Klein Gusborn. Police and water cannon are standing in the background. Visitors with or without tractors are welcome.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 20:05:25 (CET)

Monday 2:56 pm Grippel: The generator is working again and police are preparing to illuminate the action. 350 people still there. +++++++ 2:53 pm Quickborn: Still 25 tractors on the road, 100 people, increased police presence. The climber is off the elevating truck but it took the police a long time. Two new activists suspended in trees. +++++++ 2:50 pm Nothing moving at the reloading crane. The carrying people out of the blockade at the sorage compound is proceeding only slowly. The pyramids in Grippel with the people chained to them are still on the road.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 19:59:58 (CET)

Monday 2:49 pm There’s a video clip of 4:15 minutes about the rail blockade in Berg near Lauterbourg at http://www.cinerebelde.org/index.php. +++++++ 2:41 pm The generator of the police in Grippel has broken down, leaving the drill stuck in the pyramid. +++++++ 2:38 pm In Grippel police begin drilling open the concrete pyramids. +++++++ 2:19 pm Resistance in the Wendland – More on the protests against the nuclear waste transport at 11 pm on NDR television.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 14:16:21 (CET)

Monday 2:13 pm The farmers chained to the pyramids in Grippel are demanding an immediate conversation with Chancellor Angela Merkel or environment minister Sigmar Gabriel.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 14:13:03 (CET)

Monday 2:06 pm In Grippel police built a roof for the farmers chained to the concrete pyramid. Sit-down blockaders were not to stay there and were removed by police.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 13:57:11 (CET)

Monday 1:48 pm Biggest media interest for a long time. Since Monday morning hourly live relays with correspondents and mood impressions from the reloading crane and the blockade at the storage compound on n24 and ntv. Who’s sitting at home and can record programmes of various broadcasters? For later coordination for archiving. Contact: stoppatom@gmx. +++++++ 1:46 pm In Grippel 25 people are standing at the pyramids on the street amd 350 are standing directly along the route.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 13:51:14 (CET)

Monday 1:40 pm The climber on the elevating truck has chained himself on. +++++++ 1:40 pm In Quickborn a climber has climbed from a tractor onto the elevating truck of the police. The police have been busy with this activist for a considerable time and now needs another crane to get him off the elevating truck.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 13:45:48 (CET)

Monday 1:21 pm At the reloading crane in Dannenberg: The drivers of the low-loaders are now in place. The vehicles have been inspected. The convoy is not yet formed. The preparations at the crane will take another 30 to 60 minutes. +++++++ 1:20 pm The blockades in Quickborn and Grippel continue. Police have begun to break up the sit-down blockade at the storage compound.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 13:09:06 (CET)

Monday 1:05 pm Radio Freies Wendland will air a special programme from 3 to 4 pm.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 13:05:54 (CET)

Monday 12:59 pm For the demonstrators from Berlin: About three hours (hopefully later) after the arrival of the CASTORS in the storage compound, a bus will run from Camp Hitzacker to Berlin. There is no booking list – those who turn up, ride. There are 57 seats, no provision for standing passengers. In case after departure from Camp Hitzacker there are places left, a detour via Metzingen and Dannenberg would be possible.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 13:01:23 (CET)

Monday 12:53 pm Opinion survey by television news (Tagesschau): Are the protests in Gorleben justified? http://www.tagesschau.de/atomproteste100.html +++++++ 12:51 pm In Dünsche police are allowing no more cars through to the approved standing vigil in Laase durch. Polce claim there is no more parking space available there. Residents checked and found that to be incorrect, there still is parking available.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 12:49:01 (CET)

Monday 12:38 pm The ticker for WAP-capable mobiles: http://castorticker.dresdener27.de. Instructions at http://www.dresdener27.de/blog/. +++++++ 12:36 pm Some shunting is still necessary at the loading station in Dannenberg. The consignment is not yet ready to depart. It will take at least another 30 to 60 minutes. The time of departure is still; uncertain because the blockades on the route have not yet been removed.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 12:42:46 (CET)

Monday 12:34 pm At the storage compound two people have scaled lanterns on the left and right of the gate and hoisted flags. +++++++ 12:33 pm In Laase police are running with läuft demarcation tape and bars in a line to push a group of 80 demonstrators out of the 50m zone. Four water cannon and a clearance dozer are on location. +++++++ 12:32: pm Police have made the 3rd call to leave the blockade in Grippel. 80 people are standing around the blockade. +++++++ 12:30 pm The 11th CASTOR has been loaded onto a truck. +++++++ 12:26 pm Farmers at the blockade in Quickborn say they’ll stay until the radiation readings made are confirmed and accepted. +++++++ 12:25 pm The concrete blockade of the farmers in Grippel has heard the 2nd police order to leave the blockade.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 12:34:10 (CET)

Monday 12:20 pm The 11th CASTOR is still being transferred from rail to truck and is still hanging on the crane. +++++++ 12:17 pm Concrete blockade of the farmers in Grippel. First call by the police to vacate. One still gets to the blockade on field paths and through farmyards. +++++++ 12:14 pm Media release by Greenpeace http://www.greenpeace.de/themen/atomkraft/presseerklaerungen/artikel/gorleben_als_atommuellendlager_ungeeignet/ “Gorleben unsuitable as atomic waste repository”. Greenpeace activists chain themselves fast on the CASTOR route. +++++++ 12:12 pm According to a person in political responsibility of the county, the commercial inspectorate in Lüneburg (responsible for the Wendland) does not measure neutron radiation as Greenpeace has done.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 12:24:46 (CET)

Monday 12:06 pm More people are coming to the blockade at the storage compound. They’re getting through unhindered from Gedelitz. +++++++ Status at 5 to 12: • 10th CASTOR crossloaded • 2 concrtete pyramids in Grippel with four people chained to each • Robin Wood people hanging in trees outside the storage compound • 3rd police call to leave blockade at the storage compound in Gorleben • Tractor blockade in Quickborn: Third call to vacate was legally invalid and they are now demanding from tractor drivers individually to move away. • Musenpalast in Laase: Open and vigil is in Laase. Police presence increasing in Laase • Info-point in Gr. Gusborn is open to strengthen and warm demonstrators • Police have dispersed the lorry blockade of Greenpeace at the loading crane in Dannenberg Greenpeace has measured much too high radiation emanating from 9 of the 11 CASTORS
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 12:01:42 (CET)

BBC (inaccurate) cover at. For example, they have the waste coming from
The Netherlands, obviously getting La Hague and The Hague mixed up.

Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 11:53:58 (CET)

Monday 11:51 am The 10th CASTOR has been transferred to a truck.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 11:49:56 (CET)

Monday 11:46 am The 9th CASTOR has been crossloaded. Work on the 10th (second last) has begun. +++++++ 11:40 am At the Quickborn blockade the 4th call to vacate has just been made by police.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 11:47:05 (CET)

11:33 am Political statement (in German) by the blockaders of Berg, who held the train up for nearly 13 hours, at http://www.castor-stoppen.de/?p=153 +++++++ 11:30 am At the blockade in Quickborn the police appear to be getting nervous because they’re under time pressure. The third call to leave ther blockade was made. +++++++ 11:29 am To get to Laase the only possibility right now is to walk from Dünsche. Negotiations are going on in Laase with police to change this. +++++++ 11:27 am Blockade in Quickborn: Despite bad weather, spirits are high. A Punk concert with e-egal is just starting. It’s too loud for the police. They have made the second call to leave the blockade.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 11:26:25 (CET)

Monday 11:20 am Police have made the 3rd call to vacate the area at the storage compound.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 11:24:57 (CET)

Monday 11:17 am In Grippel stand two concrete pyramids with four people chained to each. Currently there are 30 to 40 people there to support them. Visitors should bring coffee and cake and perhaps an umbrella.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 11:22:29 (CET)

Monday 11:11 am In Grippel members of a farmers resistance group have chained themselves to concrete pyramids. +++++++ 11:10 am In Laase 150 people are moving in the direction of the dike. +++++++ 11:06 am At the blockade of the storage compound police have made the second call to vacate the area. +++++++ 11:05 am Rebecca Harms, Member of the European Parliament, presently in Quickborn, has rung the Federal Agency for Radiation Protection about the increased radiation of the CASTORS. All those responsible there are in an urgent meeting and not reachable.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 11:16:16 (CET)

Monday 11:02 am Farmer blockade in Quickborn. Police have made the first call to vacate the area. The farmers would be very glad about many visitors. +++++++ 10:51 am At the exit of the reloading crane an articulated truck has been partked and 12 Greenpeace activists have chained themselves to it. +++++++ 10:46: am Far more than 1,000 people are sitting outside the storage compound. Police have made the first call to leave the area. +++++++ 10:45 am Child-minding in Dannenberg. In the Popcorn in the Lüneburgerstr. 15 there is a possibility to have children minded during the transport. There is room for 15 children. Please check in by phone 05861-1297. 10 euros per day, EUR 12.50 including midday meal (spaghetti Bolognese). +++++++ 10:37 am The 9th CASTOR was lifted by crane to place it on a low loader truck. +++++++ 10:32 am Farmer blockade in Quickborn: Police have expressed the wish to clear the area. Farmers and police are sitting down to talk in the pub. Police have marched into Quickborn from the Dannenberg direction.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 10:14:11 (CET)

500-FOLD RADIATION: Monday 10:04 am Greenpeace says in a press release
http://www.presseportal.de/pm/6343/1298144/greenpeace_e_v
that the new French waste containers are emitting 500-fold the radiation of the previous German ones.
Strong neutron radiation is coming out of the caskets.

Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 10:10:34 (CET)

Monday 10:06 am The 8th CASTOR was crossloaded at 10.05 am.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 09:57:21 (CET)

Monday 9:54 am The blockade at the storage compound can be reached by all routes – via Gorleben, via Gedelitz and via the Mastenweg from Trebel.
Spirits are high. Visitors greatly welcome.

Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 09:54:39 (CET)

The BI Umweltschutz has learned from reliable sources that the TN 85 containers delivered during the night to Dannenberg from the French reprocessing factory in La Hague are radiating more strongly than permitted. “The convoy must not be allowed onto the roads,” demands a spokesman for the BI Umweltschutz. He blasts as irresponsible that police personnel as well as demonstrators are to be exposed to such danger. “Is there any Plan B? The only option is to return to sender."
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 09:45:43 (CET)

Monday 9:38 am Crossloading of the 8th CASTOR started. There are 11 altogether.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 09:44:02 (CET)

Monday 9:38 am At the Musenpalast stands the MobilisingMusicFightingWagon. 150 people there and two police vehicles.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 09:41:59 (CET)

Monday 9:35 am On Sunday there were 1.5 million hits on the Internet page castor.de/ticker gegeben. +++++++ 9:23 am The 7th CASTOR was loaded on its truck.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 09:37:56 (CET)

Monday 9:11 am The southern route for the CASTORS (Splietau , Gusborn) can be driven on problem-free at present. +++++++ 8:59 am Radio Republik Freies Wendland at http://de.indymedia.org/index.shtml +++++++ 8:56 am The culture programme in the Musenpalast is giving joy to all demonstrators until the start of the trucking. 100 people there. The info-point in Gross Gusborn is happy to receive guests for food and drink. +++++++ 8:55 am Several Robin Wood actyivists are still suspended between trees outside the storage compound. +++++++ 8:54:52 am A vigil is taking place in Laase. More and more people are joining it. +++++++ 8:54 am 1,000 people are blockading the entrance to the storage compound. The situation is quiet. Driving access still possible via Mastenweg. +++++++ 42 tractors of local farmers are blocking the northern route in Quickborn. Spirits very high. +++++++ 8:53 am Everything unchanged at the crossloading crane. The 7th CASTOR still hangs on the crane. Possibly a shift change going on. +++++++ 8:14 am Radio Freies Wendland transmits on frequencies Lüneburg 95.5 MHz, Uelzen 88.0 MHz, Wendland 89.7 MHz today from 9 a.m. Phone 05861-986056. +++++++ The sixth CASTOR was transloaded at 7.55 am. They’re all still in the loading hall. +++++++ 7:55 am The fifth CASTOR was transloaded, the 6th is now hanging on the crane.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 07:31:22 (CET)

Press releases of the BI Umweltschutz at http://www.castor.de/presse/biprmtlg/inhalt08.html.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 07:29:36 (CET)

Monday 7 am Now about 1,000 people sitting outside the waste storage compound in Gorleben.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 06:51:31 (CET)

Monday 6:33 am Still a huge police presence in Splietau. Along the southern route bushes are being searched with torches. +++++++ 6:16 am crossloading of the 4th casket began. +++++++ 6:00 am Brunch at the blockade outside the waste compound. All invited.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 06:20:21 (CET)

Monday 05:55 am Lots of movement of water cannon and other police vehicles at the reloading crane in Dannenberg.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 05:50:20 (CET)

Monday 05:28 am The third CASTOR was cross-loaded at 04:47 am.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 04:47:49 (CET)

Aljazeera report at http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2008/11/2008119162518169309.html


Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 04:45:32 (CET)

AFP report "Police crack down on German nuclear waste train protests" at whttp://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5g35I36pjyLfDWvOq65T2R-OYNQXQn

Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 04:23:34 (CET)

Other de.IndyMedia coverage at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231939.shtml, http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231929.shtml,

http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231926.shtml, http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231899.shtml, http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231897.shtml,

http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231890.shtml.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 04:18:07 (CET)

RETURN BUS TO BERLIN SOUGHT:
Monday 04:06 am Efforts are under way to organise a return bus for people from Berlin who came to the Wendland to protest.
It’s to run a few hours after the most delayed CASTOR trucking possible. Funding and logistics are still in the air.
If it works out info will be available later Monday morning on this newswire and on radio and, if contactable by phone, from info-point Camp Hitzacker.
So far 110 euros have been collected. Anyone wanting to support this “bring them home” bus please contact stoppatom@gmx.de.

translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 04:10:13 (CET)

Report in English on blockades on the tracks at Harlingen http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231949.shtml.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 04:06:53 (CET)

Pictures of tractor blockade at Quickborn http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231996.shtml

Pictures and German report of a solidarity demo in Mainz at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231988.shtml
Claims of extreme police brutality in breaking up blockades under cover of darkness,
beating people with truncheons without warning and pursuing them up to 150 metres into woods at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231982.shtml.

Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:58:58 (CET)

Monday, 03:54 am The second casket has been crossloaded from rail car to truck in Dannenberg.
From there the nuclear waste is trucked about 20 km to the “interim storage”, a light-construction hall, in Gorleben.

Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:55:33 (CET)

Letter (in German) by Cecile Lecomte from her cell in Braunschweig about her victimisation and criminalisation as a nuclear opponent at
http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/232029.shtml.

Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:44:20 (CET)

Monday, 03:31 am Splietau is being massively occupied by police. They’re standing at the entrance to each farmyard.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:42:10 (CET)

Monday, 03:22 am The blockade in Quickborn with the 42 tractors is accessible from both sides.
There are still three ownerless tractors standing around in Klein Gusborn, direction Quickborn.

translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:40:09 (CET)

Monday, 03:04 am Three ownerless tractors are standing around in Klein Gusborn.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:39:13 (CET)

Monday, 02:53 am The first casket has been lifted onto a lowloader truck.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:38:20 (CET)

Monday, 02:46 am Theatre tent Musenpalast . Programme: 02:30 h. Surprise guest. From 05:30 am musical breakfast.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:35:44 (CET)

Monday, 02:24 am The northern route is impassable because of the tractor blockade in Quickborn. From Grippel onwards there are many police checks which can be passed be referring to the approved gatherings along the route.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:33:30 (CET)

Monday, 02:14 am The crossloading of the CASTORS to lowloader trucks has begun. The first three caskets have been driven into the reloading hall.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:31:56 (CET)

Monday, 02:10 am Anyone stopped from heading to Gorleben can cite the approved assembly at the church (Burgstrasse) and must then be allowed through.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:28:22 (CET)

Monday, 02:08 am Radio Freies Wendland transmits on the frequencies Lüneburg 95.5, Uelzen 88.0, Wendland 89.7 during CASTOR transport at following times: Monday midnight to 6 am, 9 am to 11 am. Extension is likely. Phone 05861-986056.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:25:27 (CET)

Monday, 01:55 am The info-point in Gusborn would be happy about some visitors.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:24:18 (CET)

Monday, 01:52 am At the Gorleben info-point there’s fire, tea and sandwiches. It can be reached on the Gartow-Gorleben road.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:22:52 (CET)

Monday, 01:48 am People who want to get to the vigil in Laase reach it by detouring via Dünsche. Since it is a approved event police have to let people through.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:21:05 (CET)

Monday, 01:46 am 150 people on Dannenberg’s market square who were at the demo are just setting out.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:19:50 (CET)

Monday, 01:38 am The Robin Wood activists at the waste storage compound are still hanging in the trees and would appreciate some mood-lifting visits.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:18:07 (CET)

Coverage by the EJZ local paper: • • 10.11.2008 Verletzte bei Demonstration in Metzingen • 10.11.2008 Furcht vor dem Einschlag - »Impakt»-Skulptur steht in Langendorf • 10.11.2008 »Nicht freiwillig» - Sitzblockade am Zwischenlager dauert an • 10.11.2008 »Nicht nur ein Kabelbinder» - Seelsorger im Castor-Einsatz in Harlingen • 10.11.2008 Mit Wagenheber Schiene geliftet - Unbekannte legen Castor-Strecke lahm • 10.11.2008 Castor-Gegner in Beton - Spektakuläre Ankettaktion in Grippel: Nord- und Südroute blockiert • 10.11.2008 Die Renaissance des Atomprotestes - 15000 Menschen demonstrieren in Gorleben - Atomausstieg: »Yes we can» - »Im Wendland der Wahrheit näher»
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:12:58 (CET)

Monday, 01:35 am The blockade at the waste compound can be reached either on foot or by car along the Mastenweg.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:11:24 (CET)

Monday, 01:32 am We are unfortunately not able to say how long the reloading of the French TN 85 caskets from rail cars to trucks will take. The crossloading of the previous types used to take about eight hours. The new caskets are being used because the waste has become more radioactive.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:07:55 (CET)

Monday, 01:29:53 In Quickborn currently about 42 tractors and about 500 people are on the road.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:06:37 (CET)

Monday, 01:25 am Start of the rally called by the Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz on the Dannenberg market square. Information about recent days and what still lies ahead will be given. At present the blockades of X-tausend-quer at the waste storage compound and the farmers in Quickborn would appreciate your visit.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:03:46 (CET)

Monday, 01:16 am The CASTOR train reached the reloading crane in Dannenberg at 01:15 am.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:01:58 (CET)

Monday, 01:09 am The CASTOR train is at the entrance to Dannenberg at 01:05 am.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 03:00:33 (CET)

Monday, 01:08 am The escort helicopters are hovering over Dannenberg.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:58:59 (CET)

Monday, 01:02 am The CASTOR train is in Pisselberg at around 1 am.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:57:58 (CET)

Monday, 01:00 am Helicopters hovering over Pisselberg.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:56:55 (CET)

Monday, 00:53 am Train sighted at the Seerau Bridge.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:55:40 (CET)

Monday, 00:22 am The train has just passed Harlingen.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:54:33 (CET)

Monday, 00:08 am Mood remains good at the blockade of the waste storage compound. Estimated 600 to 800 people there. Police say they won’t take any action before 7 am. More people can still join in.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:52:24 (CET)

Monday, 00:05 am The CASTOR train moves again from rail km 193.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:50:46 (CET)

Monday, November 10, 00:03 am: The three CASTOR occupiers were arrested.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:49:11 (CET)

11:59 pm More blankets, sleeping bags, radiators, warm clothes and anything else that is warming are needed for the sit-down blockade outside the waste storage compound. Please deliver to the info points of X-tausendmalquer (Esso-Wiese, Gorleben and Gedelitz Camp). Anyone who can’t deliver, should please phone 0171-94 74 749.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:46:37 (CET)

11:52 pm Brutal dispersal with gas at one of the Tollendorf blockades. First Aiders and lawyers are not being allowed through.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:45:10 (CET)

11:50 pm When the train reaches Dannenberg there will be a rally of the BI-Umweltschutz Lüchow Dannenberg on the market square. Up to date information on further actions will be given.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:43:34 (CET)

11:39 pm Three people are sitting on the first CASTOR casket.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:42:42 (CET)

11:39 pm The CASTOR train stands at rail km 193.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:41:37 (CET)

11:37 pm The CASTOR train ran across the bridge at Tangsehl at 11:35 pm.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:40:28 (CET)

11:29 pm At 11:22 pm the train ran through Göhrde station.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:39:17 (CET)

11:24 pm The train is in Pommoisel and about 600 m long, running very slowly.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:38:00 (CET)

11:22 pm The CASTOR train was sighted at 11:19pm in Nahrendorf/Eichdorf rail km 197.3.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:30:39 (CET)

11:16 pm The people taken by police out of the demo in Tollendorf were taken behind police barricades into a cordon. The mood is relaxed. In the cordon the clowns are dancing. One can approach up to 50 metres outside the cordon.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:27:59 (CET)

11:13 pm The CASTOR train is at Oldendorf Bridge at 11:09 pm.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:24:48 (CET)

11:11 pm The train is getting close to Oldendorf Bridge where there are about 200 people. Good mood with camp fire.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:23:34 (CET)

11:08 pm The CASTOR train is in Süschendorf.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:22:03 (CET)

Media release by BI Umweltschutz at http://www.castor.de/presse/biprmtlg/2008/quartal4/1109.html.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:18:13 (CET)

10:52 pm The CASTOR train runs into Dahlenburg station at 10:47 pm.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:16:47 (CET)

10:45 pm The CASTOR train starts to move again and has passed Dumsdorf.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:15:48 (CET)

10:36 pm Without warning, police are dispersing the blockade in Dumsdorf. Activists are strolling on the track.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:07:40 (CET)

10:31 pm 12 people at the registered vigil in Laase are listening to Käpt'n Blaubär – a children’s hour for adults.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:06:24 (CET)

10:21 pm In Dumsdorf 30 people are in a sit-down blockade.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:05:31 (CET)

10:16 pm The CASTOR train is now in Bavendorf (at rail km 211).
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:03:43 (CET)

22:11 pm The Robin Wood activists were removed from the Oldendorf Bridge, they were not injured.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 02:02:20 (CET)

At http://www.greenpeace.de/themen/atomkraft/nachrichten/artikel/heisse_fracht_fuer_gorleben-1/ Greenpeace has thermographic images of the waste transport.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:57:31 (CET)

9:59 pm The advance train consists or a repair train and a "UNIMOG" four-wheel drive. Two helicopters are illuminating the way.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:56:04 (CET)

9:57 pm Travelling very slowly the CASTOR train passes Vastorf/Volkstorf (at rail km 217) at 9:50 pm.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:54:18 (CET)

9:52 pm The Mobilising Music Fight Van stays in Govelin.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:53:18 (CET)

9:40 pm Robin Wood has two actions. The first is at Oldendorf Bridge. Police threaten to cut down the two activists there. The other is in Wendisch Evern , where parallel to the track a large banner was hung.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:51:11 (CET)

9:38 pm The train has just run through Wendisch Evern.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:50:23 (CET)

9:24 pm The first blankets and sleeping bags for the blockade at the waste storage compound have arrived. The blockaders are happy. More of each are still needed. Feliver to xtausendmalquer info points in Gedelitz or Gorleben Tel.: 0171-94 74 749
translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:48:38 (CET)

9:22 pm The info and supply point in Gross Gusborn, direction Siemen, is open for warming up and recharging batteries.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:46:19 (CET)

9:19 pm 500 people sitting down at rail km 188.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:45:04 (CET)

9:17 pm The wave of solidarity was very big. The investigating committee says at the moment they don’t need anyone else to pick up prisoners from various locations. You’re great, thanks a lot.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:43:07 (CET)

9:08 pm The CASTOR train left Lüneburg at 9:06 pm, heading for Dannenberg.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:41:30 (CET)

9:06 pm In Quickborn the tractors have shut the village down.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:40:18 (CET)

9:04 pm 50 clowns on the track in Grünhagen.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:39:16 (CET)

8:57 pm Two activists are hanging from the Oldendorf Bridge, a third has just been led off by police.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:37:55 (CET)

8:55 pm Small-scale actions in Dahlenburg, for example multiple blockages of Federal Route 216.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:36:30 (CET)

8:52 pm Tractors are parked in Quickborn so that a car can still get through, but no CASTOR trucks.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:35:06 (CET)

Coverage by the NDR broadcaster at http://www1.ndr.de/nachrichten/dossiers/atomkraft/gorleben134.html.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:32:24 (CET)

8:33 pm The investigating committee says no one is currently being kept in the prisoner collection point in Lüchow. The new strategy is the socalled despatching detention, i.e. they take people to any place, e.g. Dumstorf. People are sought to pick prisoners up there. Repor to the investigating committee at 05841-97 94 30
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:29:07 (CET)

8:24 pm The CASTOR train drove into Lüneburg at 8:20 pm.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:26:14 (CET)

8:22 pm 200 people at the hiking hut in Tollendorf.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:24:43 (CET)

8:12 pm Police have removed two people chained to the track near Eichdorf and are taking them to the prisoner collection point.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:22:52 (CET)

8:11 pm Cecile is free again. See a documentation at http://bibs.kostenloses-forum.tk/bibs-post-2869.html#2869 +++++++ 8:10 pm The CASTOR train has passed Bienenbüttel. +++++++ 8:06 pm The blockade in Metzingen was dispersed and police have withdrawn. +++++++ 7:59pm The CASTOR train passed Klein Bünstorf at 7:51 pm.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:19:31 (CET)

7:45 pm The CASTOR train ran through Uelzen at 7:41 pm.
translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:18:08 (CET)

7:44 pm Farmers have parked 40 tractors outside the Jägerhof pub in Quickborn. At 8 pm a meeting is scheduled there with Rebecca Harms, Greens Member of the European Parliament, who hails from the Wendland. Flowing traffic is no longer possible.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:15:31 (CET)

7:43 pm It is still easy to get to the sit-down blockade outside the waste storage compound. By car only with press ID, on foot everyone is let through.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:13:40 (CET)

7:38 pm The vigil near Tollendorf will resume at 8 pm.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 01:12:31 (CET)

7:24 pm The CASTOR train stands at 7:05 pm shortly before Suderburg because of people on the track.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 00:41:36 (CET)

19:22 pm In Quickborn tractors are coming from two sides wanting to attend the meeting with European MP Rebecca Harms in the Jägerhof pub. She will be talking about “Atomic Power is No Climate Protector”.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 00:39:19 (CET)

19:22 pm Dear folks, you are phantastic! The appeal for food donations to the people’s kitchens was a great success. They were flooded with donations. So, please, for the moment deliver no more – unless we stick it out until Thursday.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 00:35:35 (CET)

19:21 pm Spontaneous action at Lüneburg station, where about 15 people managed to get onto the rails.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 00:33:48 (CET)

6:54 pm Around 6:15 pm route B126 in Metzingen at the snack stand was not passable. There was fire on the road. +++++++ 6:54 pm The WiderSetzen vigil near Tollendorf is taking an hour’s break and will then set off once more at 8 pm for the rails.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 00:30:34 (CET)

6:53 pm Radio Freies Wendland broadcasts today from 7 to 8 pm and 10 pm to 6 am and has the phone number 05861-986056. In case the CASTOR transport has not reached the storage compound in that time, there will be new broadcast times on Monday from 9 am and 1 pm. Good radio needs good reports, report in from where you are.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 00:26:31 (CET)

6:52 pm Robin Wood reports Cecile released from police custody. +++++++ 6:38 pm The Young Socialists of the SPD report that the police detention centre in Braunschweig will pick up the phone only to immediately hang up again. After three attempts, in which a woman obviously only lifted the receiver and banged it down again, on the fourth attempt the call was passed on to an obviously irritated officer who was, of course, not ready to make any statement, citing data protection. Phone numbers of police detention centre: 0531-476-3048 or 0531-476-1212 +++++++ 6:32 pm The CASTOR train ran through Celle at 6:28 pm.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 00:12:55 (CET)

6:21 pm The people’s kitchens (Volxküchen) need onions, leaks, garlic, zucchini, mandarins and bananas, milk, bread, chocolate, muesli bars, nuts and raisins, dried fruits, sweets, tetra or plastic bottles with juice and water. Anything one can easily carry. If possible organic foodstuffs. Anything that will give strength in the blockades. Deliver to the Camps Metzingen, Hitzacker, Gedelitz and Volxküche Essowiese Dannenberg. Phone 05861-986271
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 00:09:06 (CET)

6:19 pm Blockade outside the Gorleben waste compound. People there urgently need blankets, sleeping bags and/or other stuff to keep warm. Can be delivered to all info points X-Tausend mal Quer, Gedelitz Camp, Gorleben, Essowiese Dannenberg. Mobile: 0171-9474749
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 00:06:35 (CET)

6:18 pm The two activists in Lüneburg are still hanging in traverses next to the track. But police high rescue specialists are getting ready to remove them. +++++++ 6:17 pm The CASTOR train will reach Lüneburg at 7:10 pm at the earliest. +++++++ 6:17 pm 60-70 people on the Oldendorf Bridge. In Metzingen tires are burning on the federal road. There is no more getting through there on federal route 216. +++++++ 6:15 pm The CASTOR train left Lehrte at 6:10 pm and is running to Celle.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 10, 2008 at 00:00:35 (CET)

6:04 pm In solidarity with the resistance, Rolf Zuchowski has cancelled his concert in the Johanniskirche (St John’s Church) in Hitzacker.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:57:23 (CET)

6:03 pm The blockade in Gedelitz at the Free Republic of Wendland managed to force the Hamburg police unit with its heavy gear such as water cannon to retreat all the way through the village.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:55:13 (CET)

5:51 pm The CASTOR train is standing in the western part of Lehrte goods yards. Diesel locomotives being refuelled. The journey is rumoured to resume at about 6 pm via Burgdorf - Celle – Lüneburg.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:52:53 (CET)

5:40 pm 50 people on the Oldendorf Bridge. Police marching up from the direction of Lüneburg.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:48:33 (CET)

5:33 pm At the dwarves party of WiderSetzen are 400 people. The mood is good and no dispersal is in sight.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:46:30 (CET)

5:31 pm Robin Wood say Cecile is to be released today. The judge is working on her release but it will take a little more time.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:44:35 (CET)

5:27 pm Between Eichdorf and Nahrendorf 25 people are sitting on the rails. No police present. And at rail km 202 (i.e. further west) 70 people are on the tracks.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:41:27 (CET)

5:22 pm In Harlingen between rail kms 187 and 188 a giant party is going on with several hundred dwarves.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:40:06 (CET)

5:21 pm On the rail overpass near Oldendorf (route B216) stand people who saw 40 people encircling 5 police. No other police present.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:32:28 (CET)

5:15 pm “Widersetzen” is back on the rails in Harlingen with about 150 people, this time at rail km 188.1.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:28:31 (CET)

5:09 pm The action “safety check” is moving in 15 groups along the railway line between Eschede and Bienenbüttel.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:26:38 (CET)

5:07 pm 60 people took part in a meeting between Members of the state and federal parliaments of DIE LINKE (THE LEFT) party. The meeting venue was near the railway track near the reloading crane in Dannenberg. Although this took place in a benned corridor, the police took no action.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:23:58 (CET)

4:59 pm Police expressed dispersal orders at the blockade in Harlingen at km 188.5. A dispersal order means that the person concerned may no longer enter the place, if he/she does, the police has a reason to arrest them.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:20:36 (CET)

4:53 pm 50 people at a chain-on action by two people at km 198.2 in Eichdorf.
Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:18:52 (CET)

4.40 pm Outside the jail in Braunschweig demonstrators unfurled banners and called loudly “Freedom for Cecile”. RTobin Wood calls on everyone to sup[port Cecile by ringing the police detention centre on 0531-476-3048 or 0531-476-1212.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:14:29 (CET)

4:38 pm At 4:34 pm the CASTOR train was sighted still standing in the goods yards in Lehrte. +++++++ 4:30 pm There is a sit-down blockade between Oldendorf a.d. Göhrde and Eichdorf with more than 100 people. +++++++ 4:22 pm There are again two blockades in Harlingen. A new one is at rail km 188.5. +++++++ 4:15 pm The blockade at Harlingen at km 187.8 has been completely dispersed. +++++++ 4:13 pm Clarification: The damage to rails at Grünhagen is in County Lüchow-Dannenberg, NOT in Grünhagen on the ICE express route Uelzen – Lüneburg. +++++++ 4:07 pm 8 pm Sunday public meeting with European MP Rebecca Harms about “Nuclear Power is No Protector of Climate”, in the Jägerhof Quickborn. +++++++ 4:05 pm 3.55 pm Helicopters flying in Celle, massive police presence. +++++++ 4:05 pm The rail blockades in Harlingen can still be reached well.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 23:01:20 (CET)

FOOD SUPPLIES ARE RUNNING OUT! The mobile kitchens need food supplies to look after the many people on the roads. Everything is needed that people can carry with them easily when they’re moving about (organic where possible). Mandarines, bananas, chocolate, muesli bars, dried fruits, sweets and for the kitchens zucchini, onions, leak, milk, bread. The foodstuffs can be delivered to the camps in Metzingen, Hitzacker , Gedelitz and Volxküche on the Esso-Wiese in Dannenberg . +++++++ 3:59 pm At km 187.8 in Harlingen police have started carrying people off the track. +++++++ A video of the train at   leaving Göttingen, all overpasses occupied by police. A track building train travels ahead. +++++++ 3:50 pm Residents of the village of Gedelitz held up a police colum with four water cannon and bulldozing vehicles. +++++++ Picture of the CASTOR train at 1.52 pm just before Göttingen at http://img1.abload.de/img/dscf8462_k3c1u.jpg. +++++++ 3.31 pm Repair of the rails near Govelin is set to take longer than four more hours.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 15:20:16 (CET)

3:12 pm Near Tollendorf at Km 188 about 100 people have made it on to the track. +++++++ 2:56 pm The train went through Alfeld at 2.45 p.m. +++++++ 2:56 pm The “safety check” happening at many places in neighbouring Uelzen county has started with 80 people. Contact 05821/42 99 6.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 15:13:38 (CET)

For another take on thye big protest rally see http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231854.shtml
Posted by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 15:02:08 (CET)

PEOPLE HURT NEAR TOLLENDORF: A blockade- action near Tollendorf faced strong repression by the police. Hundreds of people met in Tollendorf today at 7.30 to continue to the tracks, where the Castor-transport is supposed to go through later in the afternoon. We walked in a huge queue along the forest-path, leaving behind us minor tree-blokades for the police-vans. After walking about a 1km,there was a road in front of us .There, a lot of police was standing already, about 20 metres apart. There was no other choice than try to get running thourough the lines. Lots of people in front of us made it, but we saw some people getting caught or being pushed back by the cops. The more we waited, the harder it was to get through, because more police-vans were arriving all the time. So, the cat and mouse -game started. I saw a police reaching to a person in front of me and I ran across. There was nothing to be done for the people who couldnt get across. Some of them tried other routes. So, we continued towards the tracks, that were really close to us already. But, the police was there waiting for us wearing full riot-gear and having watertanks in the backround. We got settled to the tracks as fast as we could, blockaders spread the huge plastic-material to cover themselves, and we began digging the stones off the side of the tracks to get better resistance positions... And after announcing three times the illegality of our action, the cops attacked. They used violent force and started hitting people with batons. Many got some severe pain from pepper-sprays, which was being done straight into individuals' faces. Water tanks were being used constantly. We got back to the tracks a few times until it was impossible to stay, due to the serious police-violence. So hundreds of people retreated and got scattered in the forest; some ready to look for other ways to get to tracks, some heading back to their camps to gain more power for the other blockades of today. We havent given up. The resistance continues! (Taken from http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231840.shtml.)
Posted by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 14:50:53 (CET)

2:36 pm There are now more than 700 people at the blockade outside the waste compound. There are live music and workshops. The mood is good. +++++++ 2:34 pm A doll suspended from a balloon is flying at 40 metres in Klein Gusborn. +++++++ 2:31pm Brunch in Harlingen: negotiations between police and lawyers have resulted in cars having access to Harlingen from Tollendorf. From Harlingen occupants can walk to Harlinger Straße 119 to enjoy the music of the group Kackstopp.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 14:17:21 (CET)

1:29 pm In Wendisch Evern, after a talk “From Atomic State to Solar State” (beginning 4 pm in the Alte Schule), from 5.30 pm (CASTOR arrival in Lüneburg) there will be a spontaneous vigil. Visitors of the talk, if they should be stopped from going there, should cite the talk in the Alte Schule.


1:26 pm At the loading crane in Dannenberg the chair sitting test will run until 2 pm. At most 100 people are allowed. The bicycle demo starts from there at 1.30 pm. At most 250 people are allowed.


1:17 pm In Govelin two people are hanging close to the rail track in trees. Police have cordoned off the area widely.


1:15: The CASTOR train ran from Kassel (Ihringshausen) at 1:10 pm headed for Göttingen.


1:15 pm In Govelin at the Bunte Wanderhütte more than 100 people have gathered. A plenum starts there at 2 pm. From 3 pm there will be coffee and cake there.


1:04 pm The train ran through Körle at 12:43 pm.


1:02 pm The horse procession ended peacefully. 25 horses and 50 bicycles took part.


12:50 pm The rail between Lüneburg and Dannenberg has been bent up at km 190.4 (nerar Grünhagen). Track workers are at the location and estimate that the repair could take quite some time.


12:47 pm The train passed Malsfeld at 12:30 pm.


12:45 pm About 70 people have started with Action Security Check in Klein Bünstorf. Dense police presence at the high-speed train track. The police were ordered off properties because they are privately owned.


12:34 pm Kurt Herzog, MP of DIE LINKE (THE LEFT) party in the Lower Saxony state parliament has filed a criminal complaint against the manufacturers of the TN 85 waste caskets and the authorities which have approved them.


12:33 pm The now frequent police roadblocks are officially called “control spots”. There is no ban on going to areas behind them. You can therefore insist on being let through. If you are still refused, call the legal aid number 05841-97 94 30.


12:26 pm The train ran through Bebra at 12:17 pm headed for Kassel.


12:15 pm The storage compound is blockaded. Sheeting was erected as roofs. About 250 people there. Also tractors. Mood is good. A culture programme is being organised. It is still easy to get through.


At www.az-online.de are photos of the starting demo in Gorleben.


12:01 pm After a stop at 11:54 am in Hünfeld the train moved on again. The reason was probably exchanging locomotives.


11:58 pm An assembly is taking place in Govelin at the hiking hut. The mobile kitchen is there. From 2 pm there will be a plenum in Camp Metzingen.


11:54 pm The chair sitting test is now moving towards the clowns who’re also at the spot.


11:53 pm The chair sitting test continues at the reloading crane in Dannenberg. Police allowed the sitting for at most 100 people. More people are welcome to come and places will be exchanged.


11:46 pm Anyone wanting to drive to Harlingen for a visit needs not only the names of Tinka Sievers and Achim Havemann, but also their telephone numbers. Police want to call there to check. Here the complete address: Frau Tinka Sievers and Herr Achim Havemann, Harlinger Strasse 119, Tel.:05862 - 87 04


11:38 pm About 100 people at the chair sitting test near the reloading crane in Dannenberg.


11:32 pm The CASTORS have stopped at Hünfeld station, reason as yet unknown.


11:26 pm The train ran at 11:13 am towards Bebra.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 11:16:51 (CET)

Anyone wanting to go to the brunch in Harlingen should tell the police checkpoint they want to go the brunch at Frau Sievers and Herrn Havemann at Harlinger Strasse 119.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 11:07:39 (CET)

10:56h: In Lüneburg a spontaneous demo with 30 people has begun at Am Sande.
translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 11:01:36 (CET)

INJURIES FROM POLICE HORSE, BATONS, PEPPER SPRAY: 10:51H: The horse procession has started, 25 horses and 25 cyclists taking part. Many police present. Mood is good. +++++++ 10:49h: The news conference of the blockaders of Berg will be at 1.30 pm in the Kulturhaus Mikado in Karlsruhe. +++++++ At the assembly and vigil in Govelin one person was injured when kicked by a police horse. The injured man suffered a cranial bruise and a torso injury. He is being taken to hospital. Several people were injured by police batons or pepper spray.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 10:54:11 (CET)

BRUNCH, CULTURE, ASSEMBLY, TALK WITH CECILE: 10:39h: All who come to Harlingen are welcome to brunch hosted by Achim and Tinka at Harlinger Strasse 119. +++++++ 10:37h: From 4 pm there will be “Culture versus CASTOR in the Langendorf church. There will be choirs, chamber music, bands, literature, coffee and cake. After the CASTOR arrives there will be an assembly on Dannenberg’s market square (Marktplatz). +++++++ 10:34h: At 2 pm outside the police directorate and the riot police compound in Braunschweig there will be a solidarity rally for Cecile Lecomte. One person from the vigil near her cell was able to speak to her for 20 minutes without being examined.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 10:45:23 (CET)

CDYCLING, CHAIR TESTING, PRAYERS, RIDERS AND COACHES: At 1:30pm the concrete block blockaders of Berg are holding a press conference in Karlsruhe, place still to be named. +++++++ 10:32 h: Anyone wanting to cycle can do this in the company of others from 1.30 pm from the railway loading crane to the Gorleben exploratory mine. +++++++ 10:31h: As often rehearsed, at 11 am people are gathering to test chairs for their sitting comfort at the loading crane. +++++++ From 10:30h to 11:00h prayers will be said outside the church in Langendorf. That will be followed by a procession of horse riders and coaches in honour of St Leonhard. +++++++ 10:24h: On the railway track in the Tollendorf and Barendorf areas the action “Come to the train” is taking place, but one can only get there by detours.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 10:05:55 (CET)

09:22h: The train passed Würzburg-Süd at 09:11 h. +++++++ 09:20h: All access roads to Harlingen are closed off. The only way to get into the village is with police escort.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 09:27:28 (CET)

NERVOUS BREAKDOWN IN POLICE CELL: The 26-year-old French climbing and Robin Wood activist, Cécile Lecomte, has had a nervous breakdown in the sobering out cell where she’s being held in a Braunschweig police barracks. She was arrested in Lueneburg on Thursday where she had abseiled from a railway overpass together with other Robin Wood activists. Anti-nuclear activists in Braunschweig say she was not allowed to switch off the light at night and was denied fresh air during the day, allowed only a brief walk outside with her hands tied. For a long time she had no writing utensils and no toilet of her own. “Psycho-torture against a person incarcerated not for something she’s done, but only to prevent her takijbg part successfully in more protests against the CASTOR transport,” writes Peter Dickel of the group resisting the Schacht-Konrad nuclear dump near Braunschweig.

“Yesterday we had a short opportunity to talk with Cécile Lecomte. She had a nervous breakdown and needed treatment by a doctor.” After protests on Saturday the group set up a permanent vigil to stay in place until Cécile Lecomte comes out. Anyone is welcome to take part or inform themselves. At 2 pm there’s to be another info and solidarity assembly and the press are invited to a conference about the conditions of arrest and the background to the “preventive arrest”.
The assembly will be outside the police directorate/riot police,
Friedrich-Vogtländer-Straße
Braunschweig
Contact:
Peter Dickel 0531/ 89 56 01
dickel(at)ag-schacht-konrad.de
www.ag-schacht-konrad.de

Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 09:10:45 (CET)

Important phone numbers for all demonstrators in the Wendland: Legal support 05841-979430, First Aid centre 05864-9866033, BI Umweltschutz on the Esso Wiese (Dannenberg) 05861-986271
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 09:07:33 (CET)

08:59 h: The CASTOR train ran through Lauter, near Würzburg at 08:42 h. +++++++ News conference by the CASTOR blockaders of Berg. To be held in Karlsruhe at 1:30 pm at a place still to be fixed. The three had held the train up for more than 12 hours by being chained to a concrete block hidden under the track sleepers. They will explain their action and the background to it.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 08:59:42 (CET)

08:47h: Training of the conspiracy of dwarves has begun in Camp Hitzacker. More people are welcome to join. The action is accompanied by WiderSetzen (word play that could mean resist or sit down again).
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 08:43:20 (CET)

08:26 H: The Robin Wood people hanging in trees outside the waste compound are well. The Red Cross is keeping them supplied with hot drinks. Everything is peaceful. The Robin Wood activists suspended themselves yesterday evening while people gathered to sit down outside the compound to block it. +++++++ 500 people have arrived in Tollendorf. +++++++ ZDF television coverage at 10.45 pm Saturday. http://www.heute.de/ZDFheute/inhalt/15/0,3672,7401391,00.html It reported that the two men and a woman who had chained themselves to the railway track have been arrested by federal police. Before that they were medically examined. Police had protected them against the cold with foil. The woman was the last to be cut from the concrete block after almost 11 ½ hours chained to it. A police spokesman quoted a doctor as saying her condition is problem-free. Four other demonstrators who were also at the blockade point at midday were first carried away by police and later let go.
translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 07:56:14 (CET)

The action “come to the train” (which is a word play in German meaning now it’s our turn) has begun. At the assembly point Bahrendorf 100 people have gathered so far. Access is problem-free. No great police density.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 07:37:12 (CET)

07:22 h: CASTOR train in Bietigheim Bissingen. Possible arrival Lüneburg 5:30 pm. +++++++ 04:25 h CASTOR train runs through Grötzingen, heading for Pforzheim. +++++++ 04:20h The train consists of 1 locomotive, 5 passenger cars, 11 CASTOR cars, 6 passenger cars and 2 locomotives at the end.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 07:08:07 (CET)

04:20 am: The CASTOR train consists of 5 passenger cars, 11 CASTOR cars, 6 passenger cars and 2 locomotives at the end of the train. Because of the dark not everything could be clearly seen by the observer who assumes 2 locomotives are pulling at the front. +++++++ 04:05 am departed Wörth (at border). Expected arrival in Lüneburg at 4:05 pm. +++++++ The CASTOR train arrived at 02:05 am in Wörth on Rhine (Germany). +++++++ 01:45 am The train moves at walking speed over the blockade. Neither rails nor sleepers needed to be repaired. Ahead of the train flies a helicopter illuminating the track.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 01:32:06 (CET)

MOVING AGAIN: 01:15 am: The CASTOR train is moving again. It ran at walking speed across the blockade point where the protestors had chained themselves to a block of concrete buried under the sleepers.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 01:01:37 (CET)

REPAIRS NEEDED: 00:53 am Before the CASTOR train can move on, the rails and the track bed have to be restored. It’s not known at this point how long that will take.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 00:49:01 (CET)

TRAIN MOVING: 00:39 am: Now that the last protester has been cut from the concrete block under the tracks, the advance train, which had stopped in Lauterbourg, France, has started moving again.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 00:35:25 (CET)

ALL THREE CUT FREE: 00:25 am The last of the three protesters who had chained themselves to a concrete block under the rail tracks at Berg has been cut free. +++++++ 10.45 pm Saturday TV news coverage at http://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/video/video404534_bcId-_ply-internal_res-flash256_vChoice-video404534.html
translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 00:27:21 (CET)

EARLY SUNDAY, LATE SATURDAY as reported on the German Tag X Live newswire: 00:06 am A video of the blockade of the Gorleben storage compound is viewable at http://www.graswurzel.tv/index.php?mov_id=43&PHPSESSID=b83e29fde90c2638c12cd3d9b382bf4f +++++++ 00:04 am CASTOR train still stopped at Berg because one person remains chained to a concrete block under the rails. +++++++ 00:03 am Still 600 people squatting outside the storage compound, surrounded by many tractors. +++++++ Saturday 11:34:55 Four Robin Wood activists suspended over the road between Gorleben and the storage compound about 7 metres from the ground. +++++++ Media statement by Wendland farmers at http://www.baeuerliche-notgemeinschaft.de/page19/page19.html. Among other things it is joyful about the many young people protesting, the third generation in some cases. +++++++ 8:pm Coverage of the protest in the main newscast of the day http://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/video/video404534_bcId-_ply-internal_res-flash256_vChoice-video404534.html
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 00:04:01 (CET)

THE LAST FEW HOURS OF SATURDAY as reported on the German Day X newswire: 10:29 pm Blockade of the interim storage compound continues. 500 people and 12 tractors there. Good mood. Lots of police but holding back. +++++++ 9:57 pm After nine hours no end in sight to blockade of the CASTOR train at Wörth near the French border. Federal police at 9:30 pm, almost nine hours after the blockade began, managed to release the second of the three chained-on people from the massive concrete block, said to be as big as one cubic metre. The train with 11 CASTOR caskets was due in Wörth at 1:40 pm. It’s been stuck in Lauterbourg across the border in France since 1.15 pm. The NDR broadcaster has a picture of the blockaders at http://www1.ndr.de/nachrichten/dossiers/atomkraft/gorleben134-magnifier_i-0_p-3.html +++++++ 9:44 pm Signalling cables of the railways were set on fire in the morning at Hofgeismar, near Kassel. Police suspect a connection with the CASTOR transport. In Wiesbaden-Schierstein tires were set on fire near cable cabinets. Train services were cancelled until the afternoon. +++++++++ 9:42 pm A vigil was held in Heilbronn main station. In Heilbronn the train runs past residential houses close by. Radiation from a derailment would affect countless residents. The vigil has been going on since 4 pm. +++++++ Reporting by the local EJZ newspaper on Saturday: • Tauschangebot: „Eier gegen Knüppel" - 500 Teilnehmer bei der Schüler-Demo in Lüchow Einige Eierwürfe, aber grundsätzlich friedlich - Nicht bis zur Polizeiunterkunft • Noch sieben Transporte- Rücknahme aus der WAA zieht sich voraussichtlich bis 2017 hin. • Zwei Tage im Ausnahmezustand im Ausnahmezustand - Heute bundesweite Anti-Atom-Demonstration in Gorleben - Castor-Finale wohl am Montagmorgen • Widerstand hofft: „Yes we can"- Gestern Abend: Mahnwachen und Umzüge • „Die Polizei ist nicht der Gegner" - Atomkraftgegner trainieren in Gedelitz gewaltloses Verhalten bei Sitzblockaden • Neue Dynamik Von Jens Feuerriegel • Puppeninvasion - Hunderte „Stellvertreter" warten auf den Atommüll-Transport • „Es muss beim Atomausstieg bleiben" - Akzeptanz spielt im Entwurf des Umweltministers zur Endlagersuche große Rolle Von Werner Kolbe +++++++ 9.12 pm Cecilie is in a long-term holding cell in Braunschweig. She had physical problems and was visited by a female doctor; her condition has improved but she is still not well overall. +++++++ 8:51 pm Still 500 people and 12 tractors blockading the storage compound. +++++++ New web addresses of the resistance since thousands of police moved into the Wendland: www.castoreinsatz.info, www.castoreinsatz.com, www.castor-einsatz.de, www.castor-einsatz.info, www.castor-einsatz.net. Their purpose is to counter the misinformation of the police at www.castoreinsatz.de. +++++++ 8:02 pm 20 people carrying lanterns walked on the B 216 road from the info point Dahlenburg, hindering traffic. +++++++ 6:43 pm Police have cut the first of three chained protesters from the concrete block in Berg. ++++++++ 5:56 pm 500 people at the sit-down blockade of the storage compound, more coming. +++++++ 5:55 pm A female protester handcuffed to a tree by police in Karlsruhe was released by court order. The court ruled there was no reason to hold her. She and two other people had demonstrated at midday in Karlsruhe-Mühlburg on a track near the railway line against atomic power. The CASTOR train was due to pass there in the evening. +++++++ 5:52 pm 60 activists, including clowns of the Clowns Army, are with the chained-on people in Berg for support. +++++++ 5:50 pm The two men and a woman chained to the railway track at Berg had face masks put on them at 4:47 pm +++++++ 5:44 The media spokesman of the Gorleben resistance has phoned solidarity and greetings to the chained-on people and the 40 supporters with them. The mood there is reported good. The chained people are well and the activists intend to keep up the protest for a long time. +++++++ 5:09 pm 20 people and a loudspeaker vehicle are at a spontaneous demo outside Braunschweig jail where abseil activist Cecilie has been held since a demo in Lüneburg, two hours drive north, the previous day.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 16:43:37 (CET)

Some people are meeting in Braunschweig to visit Cecile being kept in jail there.
translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 16:39:55 (CET)

German Rail reports delays in train traffic in north Germany caused by arson attacks on railway installations in Brandenburg and damage done to signalling equipment. Repairs would take until the late afternoon.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 16:11:42 (CET)

TRAIN STILL STOPPED: The three activists locked to a concrete block are still stopping the CASTOR train from continuing its journey. Police have not yet succeeded to cut the demonstrators out. They’re working with electric hammer drills to try to break open the concrete. The train is still stopped in the French border station Lauterbourg, about four kilometres from the concrete block.
Translated by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 16:07:27 (CET)

“WATCH OUT BOSSES WHEN ANTI-NUCLEAR ACTIVISTS AND UNIONISTS PULL TOGETHER”: The storm to the anti-nuclear demonstration in Gorleben took on dimensions like the last time in 2001, when more than 10,000 came. This time about 16,000 people and 400 tractors took part. Collecting demonstrators was quickly turned into a demo. Busses from all over Germany, international guests, rolling tractors, samba groups made their way to the target block at the nuclear installations in Gorleben. For the first time at an anti-nuclear demonstration the metalworkers union IGM was prominently represented. The engagement of the colleagues fighting the nuclear dumping at Schacht Konrad near Salzgitter now brings them to Gorleben. Whether Martin Schulz, farmer in the Wendland, or the well known writer, Andreas Meier, trade unionists of civil activists – a demonstrative shoulder-to-shoulder was characteristic of the demonstration. The demo is a festival – clowns, stilts theatre, a rock concert by the group Madsen. Greens and Left Party notables, many young people and the hard core from the Wendland that have taken to the streets again and again for 31 years. Wolfgang Ehmke, who moderates the demonstration for the civic action group summarises that all are agreed on fighting nuclear power. The atomic waste disaster in the Asse II and Morsleben salt mines is causing a rapid loss of faith in involved institutions such as the Federal Agency for Geo Sciences and Raw Materials that tout salt as final repository formations and Gorleben as the right location. As long as atomic power stations are operated and Gorleben stays in the pool of possible final repositories, fronts will remain rigid, with the power balance shifting in favour of the opponents. Hartmut Meine, regional leader of the metalworkers, castigated nuclear power as a backward technology. She said things are going to get uncomfortable for the bosses when the anti-nuclear movement and the trade unions work together. Meine called for green energy technologies and greater energy efficiency and emphasised the pioneering achievements of engineers and metalworkers in developing and producing future technologies. Environment advocacy groups are wholly behind the demands of the Gorleben resistance. Speaking for BUND, the German branch of Friends of the Earth, Renate Backhaus recalled the study that found significantly increased child leukemia near nuclear installations. Backhaus calls for people to change to non-nuclear power sellers. Kerstin Rudek, BI –Chairwoman, said: “It’s a success story what we are all able to set up her in Gorleben over and over. And I would be very happy that very many of the thousands of people who’re here today will stay for a few more days. For two reasons. Every one of you adds to our public image. And anyone who’s here to personally experience a Castor transport can report what it’s like to be subjected to a superpower of 17,000 police who have only one aim: to take the transport through. Everything else falls by the wayside: democracy, freedom of expression, human rights. Often even humaneness. That is something we have kept, our humaneness. When I feel like screaming or wailing, I remember the sentence: ‘There will be a smile which defeats them.’” BI-Pressewagen 05861-986293 Francis Althoff 0170-9394684 Wolfgang Ehmke 0170-5105606 Kerstin Rudek 0160-1592473 Gerhard Harder 0170-4761201
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 15:31:43 (CET)

400 tractors are also taking part.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 15:30:46 (CET)

The BI media people report 16,000 protesters at the Gorleben demonstration, the biggest number in all the 31 years the nuclear dumping has been fought.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 15:20:22 (CET)

POLICE SAY 7,000 DEMONSTRATING IN GORLEBEN: Thousands of anti-nuclear activists from all over Germany are demonstrating in the northern village of Gorleben against another shipment of highly active atomic waste to a storage hall there. The DPA new agency quotes police as putting the number at 7,000. They include Greens leaders Claudia Roth, Renate Künast and the future party chairman, Cem Özdemir.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 15:13:26 (CET)

Without citing a source, http://de.indymedia.org/index.shtml reports more than 10,000 people demonstrating in Gorleben.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 15:05:39 (CET)

CASTOR-BLOCKADE WITH CONCRETE BLOCK NEAR WÖRTH: A group of young people at about 12.45 pm Saturday made the railway line unpassable for the Castor train shortly after it crossed into Germany, 500 metres north of Berg station. Three men and women fastened their arms in the massive block placed under the track sleepers. The train has been stopped for now.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 14:54:08 (CET)

YOUNG FRENCH FEMALE ACTIVIST PRESSURED IN JAIL: The young French anti-nuclear activist, Cécile Lecomte, who abseiled from railway overpasses on Thursday together with Robin Wood activists in protest against the CASTOR consignment, has been put under arrest. She is to be kept in police arrest until Monday and has been taken to Braunschweig, about two hours drive south of Gorleben. “The arrest is totally disproportionate,” the BI Umweltschutz protests. "All the young woman is accused of is a public nuisance offence.” The state of her health is worrying. She says herself and is confirmed by her lawyer, Karen Ullmann, that the psychological pressure she’s put under is unbearable. The lawyer has filed a complaint against the arrest at a higher court than the one that ordered it. She says guards have taken away all her writing utensils and told her she belongs in a mental asylum. The BI demands the immediate release of the nuclear opponent. - BI-Pressewagen 05861-986293, Francis Althoff 0170-9394684, Wolfgang Ehmke 0170-5105606, Kerstin Rudek 0160-1592473, Gerhard Harder 0170-4761201.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 08:31:58 (CET)

The news agency DPA reports that a policewoman was injured when police broke up a sit-down blockade.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 04:46:27 (CET)

200 TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION LEVEL: The French anti-nuclear network Sortir du nucleaire (http://groupes.sortirdunucleaire.org/spip.php?article982) reports that French Greenpeace activists measured gamma radiation of the last three railcars of the Castor train yesterday evening in Valognes, from where it started, and the 11th and last carriage had so much radiation that the portable gauge couldn’t measure it. The gauge is a DG5 of the French firm Novelec, which can measure a maximum of 9,999 cps/s. It also shows 10x3, i.e. more than 10,000 cps chocks per second. The environment reading at a nearby road was 45-55 cps/s, which means the 11th Castor in the train radiates at 200 times the level, more than all Castors Greenpeace has measured in Japan or Germany. Original French text at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231592.shtml.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 04:25:34 (CET)

Video of a demonstration in Lueneburg http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231600.shtml
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 04:23:11 (CET)

On Friday, 7th December international guests from around the world were welcomed in the Wendland through an information event in Dannenberg with the title „Nuclear Companies Deal World Wide – Our Resistance is International, Connected, and Knows No Borders“. More at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231567.shtml
Diet Simon
Wendland, USA


Friday, November 07, 2008 at 19:13:38 (CET)

The Castor train left Valognes in northern France at 6 pm Friday, about half an hour before the planned departure. It is expected in Wörth on the Franco-German border around midday Saturday.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Friday, November 07, 2008 at 18:38:58 (CET)

POLICE EXPECT MORE PROTESTS THIS TIME than at the previous transport in 2006. They say debate about the Asse II nuclear dump, a salt mine heavily taking water, and the storage of nuclear waste in general will bring more people to the Gorleben demonstrations. Two years ago it was about 5,000 people. The initiative "X-tausendmal quer" says it will continue trying to block the consignment’s movement without violence. In recent weeks methods to protest non-violently were trained. A police leader would not reveal how many police will be deployed this time. It was more than 10,000 in 2006 and in previous years the resistance put their number even close to 20,000. Police leaders expect protests this time to be peaceful. They say they will not allow blockades of the railway track – a clear breach of a high court judgement that allows them as long as demonstrators allow themselves to be carried off. On Friday 500 pupils demonstrated in Luechow.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Friday, November 07, 2008 at 08:04:04 (CET)

BLOCKADES HAVE BEGUN: The railway line used to take nuclear waste into the Wendland was symbolically blockaded at three overpasses on Thursday by abseilers. Police seized and held a prominent French woman climber in “preventive detention”, a law that has been ruled invalid by the highest court. The environment organisation Robin Wood suspended three abseilers from three bridges between Lüneburg and Wendisch Evern, saying they would stay there until the waste train came or police removed them. The French activist is used to being under permanent police surveillance because of her frequent spectacular climbing actions. On Thursday evening dozens of supporters demonstrated for her release outside the Lüneburg police directorate.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Friday, November 07, 2008 at 06:06:54 (CET)

CAR LIFTS AND BUSES TO THE DEMO, PARKING: Because of the large number of protesters expected, shared transportation is being laid on. Buses will run in the Wendland from Clenze, Lüchow and Dannenberg. Car rides will also be available from there as well as from Lüneburg. Details at http://www.castor.de/nix12/bus.html/. Parking possibilities on the way to Gorleben are listed at http://www.castor.de/nix12/anfahrt.html . Source: Newsletter(at) castor.de, website: www.castor.de.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 16:10:14 (CET)

TRAIN STOPPED BY PROTEST: Three high school pupils stopped a train bringing the special trucks for the Castor transport to Gorleben for half an hour near Hitzacker on Monday by sitting on the rails. They had to be carried away by police. About 100 demonstrators were near the track. Police were reported to be confused at first until they asked for reinforcements, which took half an hour to arrive. The three were encircled by police and had their IDs taken down. Pictures at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231196.shtml
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 15:45:39 (CET)

GREENPEACE ACTIVISTS OCCUPY DUMP TOWER: 40 Greenpeace activists occupied a winding tower of the Asse II nuclear dump near Wolfenbüttel on Wednesday morning (pictures at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231338.shtml), attaching a banner that said nuclear waste must be removed from the former potash mine, which is heavily taking water. The action is to last several days. Police have not demanded that the protesters leave the tower and so far everything has been peaceful. From January the mine, which was considered a model for Gorleben, is to be controlled by a different government authority, the Federal Agency for Radiation Protection. Background on Asse II at http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/nuclear-worries-increase-german-waste-dump-mine-floods and http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/german-nuclear-dump-was-illegal-start.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 15:26:59 (CET)

WELCOME FOR INTERNATIONAL GUESTS: The BI Umweltschutz will welcome guests from Finland, Russia, France, Netherlands, USA and Canada to the Dannenberg Schützenhaus at 8 pm on Friday. The culture evening is dedicated to the memory of Sebastien Briat, a French activist killed by a nuclear waste train. The aim is to share powerful and encouraging stories about the resistance. Afterwards the Berlin rock band "Nümmes" will play. – Contact Francis Althoff 05841 971875.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 15:18:53 (CET)

ATTACKS ON POWER COMPANY’S VEHICLES: The «Hamburger Morgenpost» newspaper has published text purporting to claim responsibility for attacks on vehicles of the Vattenfall power company connected with the Castor transport. Windows of a car were damaged and both front tyres stabbed. Police say they have no claims of responsibility for two other attacks. In one case a vehicle loaded with four gas bottles was set on fire, causing an explosion that injured no one. But the pressure wave was said to have caused tens of thousands of euros worth of damage. Five vehicles were totally destroyed and a nearby building damaged. Police were able to stop another arson attack on a Vattenfall vehicle when a witness called them after seeing the attempt. Police assume all attacks were carried out by the same group of people.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 15:07:34 (CET)

POLICE IN GÖTTINGEN ROUGHED UP TWO ANTI-NUCLEAR ACTIVISTS who had hung a banner about the coming Castor transport over the entrance to the local railway station. One had his wrists painfully twisted, the other was clapped in handcuffs immediately. Police went to the home of one of them searching for the banner. The activists comment that it’s interesting to see how nervous police can get about a banner and how they fear public scrutiny. Pictures at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/11/231320.shtml.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 14:50:13 (CET)

RAGE AT AGENCY’S SUITABILITY CLAIM: Anti-nuclear groups are enraged by a statement from the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Hannover that there is no evidence in earth science that would argue against the suitability of the Gorleben salt dome as a nuclear repository. The BGR made the statement only three days after the international symposium on waste disposal called by the government in Berlin at which it was represented. Activists say the agency, which answers to the economics ministry controlled by the pro-nuclear CSU party, completely ignores the warnings top geologists have been making consistently since the 1980s about Gorleben’s unsuitability. The groups allege that the BGR seems determined to only advance the interests of the nuclear industry. - Contact Francis Althoff 05841 971875 or Felix Ruwe 02561 6577.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 14:26:22 (CET)

MEDIA EVENTS AND CONTACTS: News conference 6 Nov 10.30 am Landtag Hannover (state parliament house) with Renate Backhaus - BUND e.V.; Hans Werner Zachow - Bäuerliche Notgemeinschaft Lüchow-Dannenberg (farmers’ resistance in Gorleben); Martin Donat – chairman nuclear committee, Landkreis Lüchow-Dannenberg; Francis Althoff - BI Umweltschutz Lüchow-Dannenberg e.V. ++++++++ From 8 November you will reach our press team at the "Essowiese" opposite the fuel station in Dannenberg. We look forward to your visit: BI-Press vehicle: 05861-986293, Francis Althoff: 0170-9394684, Wolfgang Ehmke: 0170-5105606; Kerstin Rudek: 0160-1592473; Gerhard Harder: 0170-4761201. +++++++++ News conference: Sunday 9 November, 11 am, Essowiese in Dannenberg; news conference Monday 10 November, pub "Bauernstuben" in Trebel, an hour after the Castor has arrived in the Gorleben storage hall. +++++++ Extracts of speeches at the nationwide demonstration on 8 November in Gorleben are available to media representatives in advance. +++++++++ Visit us at the website http://www.bi-luechow- dannenberg.de, Gorleben News Ticker of the Castor-Nix-Da-campaign: http://www.castor.de +++++++++ Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Lüchow Dannenberg e.V., Rosenstr. 20 29439 Lüchow www.bi-luechow-dannenberg.de, office: Tel: 05841-4684, Fax: -3197 büro (at) bi-luechow-dannenberg.de, media spokesman: Francis Althoff 05841 971875, presse (at) bi-luechow-dannenberg.de
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 03, 2008 at 03:01:30 (CET)

SAME OLD SAME OLD: If anyone expected a new quality of debate to emerge from the three-day symposium on nuclear waste storage held in Berlin by the environment ministry, they were disappointed. Anti-nuclear activists from storage locations took part with contributions and actions. Environment Minister Gabriel said something had gone wrong in the storage debate. He pledged new sites would be sought, new criteria applied, alternatives tested, more tranmsparencxy and openness. Should someone really have leant something? Unfortunately not, because at the same time they assert KONRAD is safe. Although for mit no criteria applied not alternative were tested, although many decisions were enforced with federal edicts instead of being decided on facts. Anyone who says ASSE II is the worst possible assumable accident in final storage discussion but claims everything is under control in Morsleben is neither concerned with reality nor truth, let alone openness and transparency, but only with his own image as operator and politician. Ursula Schönberger, pressedienst (at) ag-schacht-konrad.de, http://www.ag-schacht-konrad.de
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, November 03, 2008 at 02:49:44 (CET)

GÖTTINGEN WARM-UP: on 02.11.2008 about 50 anti-nuclear activists on bicycles visited historic action locations of Castor protest in Göttingen. They included a rail track sit-in in 2004 that held the Castor train up for half an hour. On earlier occasions a very successful concept was for small groups of cyclists to ride around and then suddenly join up at points agreed shortly beforehand, this way always staying a step ahead of the cops. This was a warm-up for the night from 8 to 9 November when a Castor train is to pass Göttingen again.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 06:35:38 (CET)

CASTOR TRACK SABOTAGED: In the night from 30 to 31 October the CASTOR railway track between Karlsruhe and Mannheim was sabotaged near Stutensee. Rail traffic was brought to a standstill with a barricade. To stop any train running into it without braking, the first goods train using the track was stopped by an emergency signal before it got to the spot.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 21:27:33 (CET)

Gorleben and Berlin groups will mount actions and performances at the international conference on storage of nuclear wastes taking place on 30 October and 1 November at Wilmersdorf in Berlin. http://www.bmu.de/veranstaltungen/konferenzen/doc/3887.php In front of the AVZ Logenhaus, Emser Straße 12-13, near Kurfürstendamm, the protesters will draw attention to the fact that the final storage of nuclear waste has not been solved. Earlier environment minister Signar Gabriel had commented near Gorleben on the symposium. http://www.castor.de/aktionen/2007/gabriel.html

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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 01:20:15 (CET)

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR VISITORS: Camps,sleeping places, information points, Lüneburg vigil, sit-down blockade Hitzacker, first aid (including emotional), culture along the Castor route, Radio Freies Wendland, legal aid group, maps at http://www.castor.de/nix12/camps.html

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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 00:00:06 (CET)

The kitchen that will be feeding demonstrators, VolXküche Wendland, is appealing for donations. They urgently need candles and tea-lights, vegetarian and vegan foodstuffs (oil, margarine, bread spreads, tofu, coffee, tea, sugar, honey, muesli, rice, pasta, condiments, etc). Donations can be taken to Clenze 'Bio im Wendland' Schützenholzstr. 13, Dannenberg 'Naturkost-Laden Oikos' Marschtorstr. 55, Karmitz 'Mosterei Karmitz' Haus Nr. 8. From Thursday 6 November the kitchen will be at the Esso-Wiese in Dannenberg. They’re happy about anything you give them. VolXküche is contactable at phone 05861-985650, volxkueche.wendland (at) gmx.de.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, October 27, 2008 at 17:44:09 (CET)

A new book recapping 31 years of resistance in Gorleben against nuclear waste dumping and nuclear power generally is about to be presented publicly. First presentation is at the final repository symposium on 30 October in the AVZ Logenhaus, Emser Strasse 12-13 in Berlin from 5.30 pm, then at a press conference on 1 November at 12.45 pm. And again on 7 November at 3 pm at the opening of the huts village “Free Republic of Wendland” during the Castor days near Gedelitz (Lüchow- Dannenberg). Written by Susanne Kamien and Max Rheinländer, the book traces how the conflicts over waste disposal have changed the social structure and political orientations of the area. There are interviews with people prominent in the Gorleben resistance, a former county mayor, a plainclothes detective who turned from a Saul into a Paul, farmers who dropped their pants for a pin-up calendar to raise funds, a count and countess to whom the natural landscape was worth more than millions offered them for their burn-down forest land. Two environment minister. Funny and tragic events. Anecdotes, new and lost friendships, disappointments. There’s a contribution by the journalist Eckart Spoo who has covered the Gorleben story sympathetically for decades, there are pictures by various photographers and works by Uwe Bremer, arguably the best known artist in Lüchow-Dannenberg county and nuclear opponent from day one. Atomkraftgegner der ersten Stunde. "ÜberMacht und Phantasie", ISBN 978-3-928177-19-7, publisher i.wend Projektagentur, cost €24.90. Contact: i.wend Projektagentur, Susanne Kamien, Lange Str. 47, 29439 Lüchow, Tel. 05841-1829, e-mail: i.wend(at)susanne-kamien or www.coconutmedia.de.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, October 27, 2008 at 11:38:36 (CET)

Anti-nuclear activists are heading to Berlin at the invitation of the environment ministry for a three-day international seminar about nuclear waste storage starting Thursday the 30th. The Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Lüchow-Dannenberg criticises that the authorities have learnt nothing from the failures of experts, official agencies and political decision makers in the crass failures of two other repositories, Asse and Morsleben, supposed to serve as models for Gorleben. Demonstrations are to take place at the conference. Author: Wolfgang Ehmke 0170 510 56 06, condensed by Diet Simon.
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Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, October 27, 2008 at 04:55:37 (CET)

On 25 October a loose grouping of anti-nuclear activists staged street theatre in Lüneburg against the imminent Castor train, which is again likely to stop for half an hour in the town. Activists said most people there didn’t know another transport was so close. Pictures at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/10/230543.shtml. On Friday 7 November there will be a demonstration at Lüneburg railway station in memory of Sébastien Briat, a young French activist killed 7 November 2004 when run over by a Castor train. It was running too fast to stop because it was trying to make up lost time. On Saturday 8 November there will be vigil at the corner of Altenbrückertorstrasse and Willy-Brandt-Strasse within sight of the railway tracks until the Castor consignment reaches the Gorleben dump. +++++++++++++++ About 15 Lübeck young activists demonstrated in the central business district on 25 October. Most reactions were positive and some members of the public joined in spontaneously. An emergency unit of the fire brigade was called to remove nine barrels with “waste” deposited with slime round them. Pictures at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/10/230465.shtml, activists’ website http://www.basta-linke-jugend.de. +++++++++++++++ On 25 October an anti-Castor demonstration was held in Uelzen by about 300 people accompanied by farm tractors. Pictures at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/10/230489.shtml, activists’ website http://www.contrAtom.de/uelzen. +++++++++++++++ 23 north German groups have formed a loose alliance to resist the coming Castor consignment on the 25-kilometre railway line from Lüneburg to Dannenberg, the last leg by train. In a large joint action they plan to take possession of part of the track. An Infotour across the country (http://castor08.nadir.org) is to explain the plan. Pictures at http://de.indymedia.org/2008/10/230289.shtml, activists at http://castor08.nadir.org/aufruf.html. +++++++++++++++ Where is the Castor? X-POSTING with up to date Castor infos, also as mobile phone and RSS versions, open posting, north German info phone 0160-95 48 96 10, www.contrAtom.de, contratom(at)gmx.de +++++++++++++++ Mobilisation meeting in Rostock Wednesday 29 October 7.30 pm, Friedrichstr.23 (Frieda). +++++++++++++++ Osnabrück mobilisation meeting 30 October, 7 pm, in the Schloß of the university, room 216.
Compiled from various sources by Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, October 27, 2008 at 03:33:42 (CET)

Blanket demo ban two weeks before waste transport Two weeks before 11 containers of highly active nuclear waste fused in glass are due to be delivered to Gorleben, police have published in the local newspaper a general directive about time and location limits on assembly rights from 9 to 18 November in the Gorleben area. The announcement was buried between real estate and dating advertisements and gave no reasons for the bans. Wolfgang Ehmke of the Bürgerinitiative (BI) Umweltschutz Lüchow-Dannenberg commented: “When the Castor (waste transport) comes, democracy goes”. Ehmke points out that Germany’s highest court, dismissing police arguments, has emphasised that even blockading actions are covered by the protection of the right to demonstrate so long as participants allow themselves to be carried off. The organisation points out that the court still has to rule on a 2003 complaint against the blanket demo ban by police. - Wolfgang Ehmke 0170 510 56 06, Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Lüchow Dannenberg e.V. , Rosenstr. 20 29439 Lüchow , www.bi-luechow-dannenberg.de, Office: Tel: 05841-4684 Fax: -3197, büro(at)bi-luechow-dannenberg.de, Press spokesman: Francis Althoff 05841 971875 presse(at)bi-luechow-dannenberg.de
By Diet Simon
Wendland, Nuclear State Germany


Monday, October 27, 2008 at 00:35:00 (CET)

The Gorleben resistance organisation BI Umweltschutz will take bookings until Tuesday 28 October for a bus journey to the public final nuclear waste repository hearing by the environment ministry in Berlin. Phone 05841-4684. Meet on Thursday 30 October at 9 a.m. on the Gildehausparkplatz in Lüchow. The bus is expected back in Lüchow at around 10 p.m..
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Lüchow, Nuclear State Germany


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