In Honover on Saturday (31 March) about thirty-five thousand people took part in one of West Germany's biggest-ever anti-nuclear demonstrations to protest against a planned nuclear dump.
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Background: In Honover on Saturday (31 March) about thirty-five thousand people took part in one of West Germany's biggest-ever anti-nuclear demonstrations to protest against a planned nuclear dump.
SYNOPSIS: The proposed dump would be at Gorleben, on the border with East Germany. The decision whether to go ahead with it will be taken by the end of June, by Lower Saxony Premier Ernst Albrecht, who has already assured a delegation of two hundred and fifty farmers that the plant will not be built if crops could be contaminated. Among the protest marchers were nuclear energy opponents from Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Scandanavia.
Banners carried by the demonstrators included references to the recent radiation leak at an American nuclear plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. At Karlsruhe, West Germany's biggest environmental protection group appealed to Chancellor Helmut Schmidt to close down all fourteen nuclear power plants in the country. The youth wing of the ruling Social Democratic party also called for all West German nuclear plants to be closed.
The Federal Association of Citizen's Action Groups said that it was shaken that its warnings about nuclear energy appear to have been so dramatically vindicated by the Harrisburg leak. In view of this, the association, which represents about a hundred and fifty thousand active members, will also be adding their names to an anti-nuclear appeal.