German Police To Use 10,000 Officers To Ensure Passage of Nuclear Waste to Storage Site
BERLIN German police announced plans Monday to use 10,000 local and federal officers to ensure the free passage of a train that is to deliver nuclear waste to a disputed northern storage site early next week.
Police said they are bracing for about 5,000 protesters, in line with last year's turnout, but representatives from a local protest group said they anticipate closer to 3,000 demonstrators this year.
In recent weeks, an arson attempt and two rail-line attacks have occurred in advance of the delivery, police official Friedrich Niehoerster said. The train is scheduled to leave a reprocessing plant in La Hague in northwestern France on Saturday evening and arrive in the northern German town of Gorleben on Monday night.
Protesters have staged a total of 28 anti-atomic energy demonstrations and camps along the 1,600-kilometer (nearly 1,000-mile) route, Niehoerster said.
At last year's demonstration, a 21-year-old French protester died from injuries he received when he was run over by the train in eastern France.
Source: Associated Press