INTRODUCTION: West German police -- using helicopters, tear gas and water cannon -- have clashed with anti-nuclear demonstrators near the Brokdorf nuclear power station site, north of Hamburg.
GV Anti-nuclear demonstrators in field
GV Demonstrators marching through field
TILT UP TO helicopter coming to land TILT DOWN TO GV riot police leaving second helicopter
LV Demonstrators marching, one throws petrol bomb at police
SV Demonstrator in protecting clothing firing catapult at police
AERIAL VIEW Police advancing behind water cannon and demonstrators running away
GV Riot police advancing on demonstrators using water cannon, and demonstrators run away. (2 shots)
Police in helicopter advance on demonstrators, backed up by water cannon
SV Demonstrators lies injured on ground
SV Injured man carried on stretcher to first-aid post
SV Injured police entering helicopter
CU Man with arm in sling TILT UP TO his bandaged head
SV Policeman walking away with roll of bandage in his injured mouth
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Background: INTRODUCTION: West German police -- using helicopters, tear gas and water cannon -- have clashed with anti-nuclear demonstrators near the Brokdorf nuclear power station site, north of Hamburg. More than 30,000 people converge on the site on Saturday (28 February) despite an official ban on the demonstration.
SYNOPSIS: The atomic power station at Brokdorf is one of the most controversial projects of its type in Europe. Three times, armies of demonstrators have tried to smash the fences down and turn the site back into a meadow again. This demonstration was generally peaceful, but violence flared up when some protestors tried to cross the police line.
Brokdorf has become a national symbol of anti-nuclear protest. And it's a test of the Bonn government's resolve to expand nuclear energy to reduce independence on imported oil. Anti-nuclear crusaders from neighbouring Denmark and the Netherlands took part in this protest.
It was described as the biggest police operation in West Germany's post-war history. More than 10,000 policemen took part in a tow-hour running battle with the demonstrators, but the day turned out to be less violent than some had feared.
Several demonstrators and about 130 policemen were hut after some protestors began throwing stones. Sixty-three demonstrators were detained, and police have begun proceedings against them. The demonstration has added further fuel to the political opposition to the government's energy policy.