Monday, March 12, 2012

Anti-nuclear activists protest at U.K. power station

LONDON (AP) -- Protesters have gathered at a British nuclear power station and blocked off its entrance to mark the first anniversary of the disaster at the Fukushima power station in Japan.

The Stop New Nuclear group said that hundreds of demonstrators surrounded the closed Hinkley Point station in Somerset Saturday, while about 100 members stayed overnight until Sunday to stage a 24-hour blockade of the site.

The protesters waved banners that said "Nuclear Power No Thanks." Energy company EDF has earmarked the site for a new nuclear power station.

The protest was staged to mark the one year anniversary of the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, where three reactor cores melted down after a massive tsunami knocked out their vital cooling systems. Source