INTRODUCTION: West Germany's Defence Minister Hans Apel was the target of eggs and other missiles from anti-nuclear protestors when he delivered a speech on nuclear arms in Hamburg, West Germany, on Friday (19 June).
SV Dutch policeman PAN TO demonstrators sitting on road
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SV Police carrying demonstrators away (3 shots)
SV PAN Coachloads of employees moving slowly through demonstrators (2 shots)
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GV INTERIOR Hall in Hamburg, W. Germany
SCU West German Defence minister Hans Apel speaking
SV PAN Demonstrator being led off
GV Eggs etc. being thrown at rostrum and official emerging with riot shields (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: West Germany's Defence Minister Hans Apel was the target of eggs and other missiles from anti-nuclear protestors when he delivered a speech on nuclear arms in Hamburg, West Germany, on Friday (19 June). Meanwhile, Dutch police and demonstrators were involved in another confrontation in Almelo, this time against nuclear power.
SYNOPSIS: It was the second successive day that demonstrators had squatted and blocked six gates at the Urenco Uranium processing plant.
The plant is part of a Dutch-German-British consortium. The protestors want it closed to stop production. When police moved against the 700 demonstrators, six protestors were injured. Three of them were treated in hospital later for slight injuries. the Anti-Nuclear Energy Movement says the plant contributes to knowledge on nuclear arms. It also says the plant processes uranium illegally mined by South Africa in Namibia.
Police cleared demonstrators from the main gate to allow nine bus loads of plant employees to get to work. The same thing had happened the previous day, when 80 protestors had to be cleared to allow the nine coaches of employees to get through the gate.
A spokesman for the Anti-Nuclear Energy Movement said up to 5,000 people were expected to attend the final day of protest, on Saturday (20 June).
Meanwhile in Hamburg, West Germany, demonstrators smeared with pigs' blood and hurling eggs disrupted a speech on arms by the West German Defence Minister Hans Apel.
Mr. Apel was speaking in defence of plans to modernise NATO's nuclear armoury in Europe with 572 Cruise and Pershing Two missile from late 1983. He spoke to an audience of 6,000 people, including the protestors.
Then, amid a chorus of derisive slogans and eggs being thrown from the audience, officials equipped with riot shield leapt onto the stage to protect the minister. The confrontation at the debate, entitled "Secure Peace, came during West Germany's biggest annual religious festival. It was the second major confrontation between a government minister an members of the peace movement during the festival.
The previous night, (18 June), Chancellor Helmut Schmidt had been exposed to hostile questioning by young people. But at the Hamburg debate, Mr. Apel was able to continue after and official had ordered the crowd to calm down.