Day X3 in the Wendland. A summary.

The state shows its teeth, the people show their strength

Numbers and facts:

· Rail transport: departure Walheim 5 am, arrival Dannenberg 1.17 am 8 hours late. · Road transport: Departure from loading crane 1 am, arrival in Gorleben 3.10 pm - 15 hours. 9 hours required for the first 400 metres. · Total number of demonstrators on the route through the Wendland: 15,000 - 20,000.

Arrests:

· Approx. 400 between Saturday and Wednesday · Use of handcuffs, transported in prisoner buses, caged in by wire fencing in the open air. · Lawyers are not admitted despite full power of attorney. · Charges are frequently dropped. · The legal situation at arrest was frequently changed afterwards in order to give extra grounds for custody.

Injuries: · 300-400 people injured, 30 seriously · Serious injuries: inner and outer injuries with danger to life, especially to head and to eyes. · Three patients moved to specialised clinics in Hanover, Hamburg and Lüneburg. · In addition, hundreds of lacerations due to use of batons, especially to head, treated in camps. · Gas used, either released from metal containers or mixed with water in water cannons (forbidden in Lower Saxony where the demonstrations took place).

So much courage, so much human strength! Beaten but unbeaten.

Political assessment:

We hit the atomic power lobby on their raw points, and the atomic state gave us our answer. · Although the majority of the German population is against the use of atomic power and disagrees with the transport of atomic waste, the CASTOR sixpack was still sent and talks began to ensure the future running of the 18 existing German nuclear power stations. All for the sake of private economic interests. · Although almost the entire population of the Wendland has spoken out against CASTOR transports, (573 tractors took place in the 'Ructions Parade' - there are a total of 370 farms in the region) the citizens' will is broken with police violence which is no longer covered by law. · Although all the local councils and local governments in the area have voted unanimously against the seizure of local buildings for police use and against the prohibition of assembly, and thus against CASTOR transports, these democratic decisions are ignored. The Ministry of the Interior has illegitimately taken over all responsibility. · Although almost 20,000 people demonstrated peacefully in the Wendland alone in the last few days for their right to demonstrate and against nuclear power, this is also ignored and answered with violent excess by the executive. Police units are selected which are known for their brutality. · Although the police and the politicians continually talk about de-escalation tactics, tractors are cold-bloodedly destroyed when the transport had already started and it was clear that the route they were blocking would no longer be used.

If this is not the end, it is just the beginning!

Scenes from the protest: · Hans Koberstein, a reporter from the German national television station ZDF, is beaten by police (Quickborn Mon. 3 March, 2 pm). Journalists are not allowed access to what is happending. · Emergency medical personnel and doctors are prevented from doing their work. A group of medical personnel (* in German: RTW) is searched, frisked and threatened with guns. The contents of their pockets are scattered over the field. · Ambulances are not allowed to proceed. · Attack in Splietau: 30 tractors damaged. Cost: 70,000 DM. · X-Tausend mal quer (non-violent sit-in): Water cannons used from 5 am onwards with air temperatures well below freezing. Magdeburg police use batons to clear protestors. · Children's prams and toy tractors are stolen from barns (Tues. night) · Lawyers are restricted or prevented from carrying out their work from Sunday onwards. · Tear gas used against Bäuerliche Notgemeinschaft ('Farmers' Emergency Community') in Splietau on Sunday at 6.20 pm. · Four demonstrators are injured during police action and are forced to wait an hour before receiving medical attention because their personal data have to be taken. After hospital treatment, they are sent to Neu-Tramm (the central barracks during the demonstration) and sent away again because their documentation had been lost. (Gusborn, Wed. 5.30).

The head of the police campaign says that the police 'de-escalation concept' worked. The fact is that even more people than last year saw and experienced the reality of this concept.

Violence:

There are groups who do not adhere to our principles. We are not responsible for what those groups or individuals do. In any case, it is obvious that stones do not damage water cannons or police shields and do not stop the transport. In contrast, four tightrope walkers and individuals who, at great personal risk, chained themselves to railway lines were enough to delay the transport for four hours. These people have our solidarity.

The land belongs to the living!

Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Lüchow-Dannenberg e.V. (Lüchow-Dannenberg Citizen's Initiative for Environmental Protection). Donations: Acc. no. 2060721 - KSK Lüchow (Bank code 258 513 35)

 


the 11.04.1997

zurück zur Homepage