A force of 6,000 riot police and para-military frontier police prevented 8,000 left-wing demonstrators from invading the its of a proposed nuclear power station at Brokdorf (about 30 miles, 50 kilometres - from Hamburg) in West Germany on Saturday (19 February).
TV Demonstrators gathering in square
CU Banners and demonstrator in helmets with white paint on their faces (3 shots)
SV Demonstrators marching through ???
LV March continues past police
CU Cameraman filming near nuclear site
SV Demonstrators with linked arm marching
LV Police helicopter flies ???
??? police lost from site
SV Police and troops beside water canon being re-filled from canal
CU & SV Riot police carrying shields and marching across fields (2 shots)
CU Helmeted and masked demonstrators facing police through barbed wire
LV & GV PAN Assembled demonstrators (2 shots)
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Background: A force of 6,000 riot police and para-military frontier police prevented 8,000 left-wing demonstrators from invading the its of a proposed nuclear power station at Brokdorf (about 30 miles, 50 kilometres - from Hamburg) in West Germany on Saturday (19 February).
SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators massed in the tiny village on the River Elbe estuary.
Wearing masks and helmets they arrived from throughout the country. The demonstration has been outlawed by the West German Government, but the demonstrators planned to force their way through police cordons and occupy the open meadow where builders have started to lay the foundations for the power station. The site was the scene of violent clashes between police and protesters last November and it has become a symbol for the anti-nuclear movement in West Germany. The demonstrations decided to move to the site after their leaders held a brief meeting in Brokdorf.
Some police lined the streets and roads as they marched out of town. A simultaneous demonstration was held at the town of Itzehoe, about 12 miles (20 kilometres) away. That demonstration was given government approval, and the protesters in Itzehoe opposed the Brokdorf demonstration.
While the demonstrators headed for the site, police occasionally moved and searched small groups of them. They seized knives, clubs and teargas canisters from the protesters.
At the site, thousands of police made their final preparations. Barricades and barbed-wire fences were set up, loose stones --- which the police feared may be used against them -- were thrown into the river.
A water cannon was driven to the site and filled from the canal.
The riot police -- helmeted and carrying shields -- moved into their pre-determined positions. Work on the site has already been halted by a court order following a protest by local citizens, but the demonstrators insisted that they had to make their point.
However, the expected clashes didn't eventuate. The demonstrators and the police squared off, facing each other through a screen of barbed wire. After insults were exchanged, the protesters retired to a nearby field for a tactical conference. Only about 30 people were arrested and there was no violence. The confrontation ended in stalemate with the demonstrators gradually dispersing.