November 24, a transport of high level radioactive waste, so called
"Castor" containers, will be shipped from La Hague in France to
Gorleben in Germany. Massive resistance is expected to stop this
dangerous shipment, and to push the authorities and industry to
immediately phase-out nuclear power.
We want to invite you to join us in the "Wendland" region, the
destination of the Castor transport. We are going to prepare a
framework for international guests of the Castor resistance to come
in contact with other English speakers and to help you to understand
what is going on there. We will have a common meeting point where you
can sleep, get food and information about actions and possibilities
to join the protests.
The anti-nuclear protests against the Castor transports are unique.
You will get to know a supportive atmosphere as the residents of the
county are mainly supporting the protesters, while thousands of anti-
nuclear activists will travel to the region to blockade the shipment.
Some 20,000 police will "protect" the transport, which means they
want to prevent actions blockading the radioactive shipment. However,
in the past most actions succeeded delaying the transport. Actions
will take place from France to Germany along the hundreds of
kilometers of tracks the train has to take to the city Dannenberg in
the Wendland region. There the containers will be loaded onto trucks
to make the last 20 kilometers to the interim repository in Gorleben
on the roads.
Blockades are proposed to take place on the tracks before Lueneburg
on public tracks used also by other trains, on the "Castor tracks"
between Lueneburg and Dannenberg only used for the nuclear industry
during these days, and on the roads to Gorleben. A number of
organizations, alliances and groups already announced public actions
in the Wendland region. The variety of activities is broad. You will
find sit-in blockades, lock-on actions, climbing activists,
barricades, creative farmers blocking streets with their tractors and
We are offering to explore and join this colourful and creative
resistance with each other, figuring out together what actions fit
you, or just to visit actions to make experiences and get inspired
for your own activities back home.
There will be some German activists who want to accompany and support
the international guests. We will try to organize additional means to
make it easier to get to interesting places, and there will probably
be chances to speak about your anti-nuclear expertise or the fights
you have in your region. For the local resistance it is also positive
if we can show that the international community is supporting the
anti-nuclear resistance and that it is not only a German struggle. It
would also be a sign to the international public that anti-nuclear
movements are supporting each other in Gorleben, and that we will do
it in other places, too.
Find out more on our English website providing some basic
informationabout this year's Castor resistance. We will add more
materials during the next weeks.
Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org to tell
whether you are interested in our invitation to Germany. We will try
to support you as good as possible, but have to know as soon as
possible about your needs.
The crew of the "Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Lüchow-Dannenberg"