In the United States, the controversial decision to build a nuclear power plant at Seabrook in New Hampshire has led to protest demonstrations for a second time.
MV PULL BACK TO GV: anti-nuclear power demonstrators in field beside nuclear processing plant.
AERIAL SHOT: demonstrators PAN TO Plant.
GV AND CLOSE UP Doctor Benjamin Spock speaking to crowd.
MV: singers on stage
GV: pro-nuclear demonstrators at 'clam party'
CU: clams being served.
CU: Governor Meldrum Thomson Junior speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "A gathering by the Clamshell Alliance may have been the largest demonstration ever against nuclear energy. 10 thousand people, police said, rallying on power company property, but by agreement with the state of New Hampshire staying off the actual work site, where the nuclear plant is being built. Doctor Benjamin Spock was pleased at the turn-out".
DR. SPOCK: "Think of the figures, last year there were something like two thousand and this year undoubtedly, ten thousand people."
REPORTER: "Then a song about the man who ordered demonstrators here arrested last year...."
(SONG TRANSCRIPTION: "now Governor Thomson, we know what to do, we are the people who elected you.... your plans for that nuclear plant are all through...")
REPORTER: "Governor Meldrum Thomson was forty miles away at a clam bake, a pro-nuclear gathering, attended by 400 people."
GOVERNOR THOMSON: "If we are able to carry this demonstration off, within the constitution and within the laws of our state I think we will have made a great improvement over what we had a year ago. They will come, they will spin their web and they will leave and the web will be forgotten."
The anti nuclear demonstration set up exhibits promoting alternative energy forms and baked bread in solar ovens. Part of the crowd did not agree with the decision to cooperate with authorities by staying on the site and complained they had not travelled such long distances to participate in such a passive protest.
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Background: In the United States, the controversial decision to build a nuclear power plant at Seabrook in New Hampshire has led to protest demonstrations for a second time. Braving heat, flies and piles of rubbish, thousands of demonstrators crowded onto an 18 acre former town-dump beside the Seabrook nuclear power plant where construction has already begun. The demonstrators were separated from the construction area by a chain link fence patrolled by about 250 policemen. Last year in a similar demonstration there were many arrests, but an agreement between protesters and authorities promised there would be no mass arrests if demonstrators stayed in the designated area and left by Monday (26 June). A tent city was erected with a stage for a weekend of concerts and speeches against nuclear energy.