Demonstrators in Madrid protested on February 20 against British plans to continue dumping radioactive waste off the Spanish coast.
SV Demonstrators with banners and whitened faces marching to statue and fountains to Neptune (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators standing in front of fountain
CUs Speaker reading message re nuclear waste dumping (SPANISH SOT) (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators singing
CU Woman throwing flowers into fountain, as demonstrators sing
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Background: Demonstrators in Madrid protested on February 20 against British plans to continue dumping radioactive waste off the Spanish coast. The demonstrators, from Galicia on Spain's north-west coast, are part of a growing world-wide movement who want the nuclear industry to stop dumping its waste at se. Last year four countries dumped radioactive waste at seas -- Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium. Now only Britain, the world's largest dumper, and Belgium want to continue the practice. At a meeting of the London Dumping Convention in February, Spain and the Pacific states were the leaders of the anti-dumping lobby. Spain proposed a non-binding resolution to suspend dumping while scientists studied its effects. Relatively little is known of the ecological effects of nuclear waste on land is too expensive. The disposal of high-level nuclear waste poses a large problem for the future as more countries switch to nuclear power. Meanwhile, the Spanish demonstrators tried to make peace with Neptune, the mythical god of sea, by throwing flowers into his fountain in central Madrid.