BROKDORF, West Germany — Protesters hurling rocks and gasoline bombs set fire to cars and to a water cannon in clashes with police Saturday as more than 50,000 people demonstrated nationwide against nuclear power.
Police in riot gear fired water cannon and tear gas at violent protesters outside a new nuclear power plant at Brokdorf, in northern West Germany, and at Wackersdorf, in the south, where a nuclear waste reprocessing plant is under construction, a police spokesman said.
Police reported 180 arrests and 29 injuries at those two sites. There were 40,000 demonstrators in Brokdorf and 10,000 in Wackersdorf, where the protest had been forbidden by a Bavarian state court.
The demonstrations were the most violent in West Germany since mid-May, when more than 150 police and dozens of demonstrators were injured at Wackersdorf in three days of protests.