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Nuclear Waste Train Protesters Detained

November 13, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

More than 100 activists intent on halting a shipment of reprocessed nuclear waste have been taken into custody by German security forces who want to avoid a repetition of protests that disrupted a transport in March, police said.

More than 15,000 police were deployed to protect six rail cars carrying nuclear waste being shipped from a reprocessing plant in La Hague, France, to a storage site in the northern German town of Gorleben.

The shipment crossed safely into Germany on Monday afternoon, after authorities removed 20 protesters who tried to lie down on tracks on the French side of the border.

Along the route in Germany, police reported several attempts to block the train or sabotage the tracks.

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