The British Cargo ship ACT 6 is one its way to Britain from Australia with a load of uranium after anti-nuclear demonstrators failed to stop it leaving Sydney harbour.
GV EXTERIOR: small group of anti-nuclear demonstrators gathered outside habourside uranium container depot, Sydney, Australia, AND SV coffee pot warming on fire.(2 shots)
SVs: demonstrators sleeping and eating around fire. (3 shots)
GV: uranium container prepared for loading onto ship.
GVs AND SVs: demonstrators trying to approach container and being arrested by police. (4 shots)
GV: container being loaded.
SVs: demonstrators and police scuffling and running around container (2 shots)
SVs: banner-carrying demonstrators at roadside PAN TO SVs others around container being arrested. (4 shots)
GV ZOOM IN: container being loaded aboard ship 'ACT 6'
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Background: The British Cargo ship ACT 6 is one its way to Britain from Australia with a load of uranium after anti-nuclear demonstrators failed to stop it leaving Sydney harbour. The demonstrators, mostly members of two environmental groups, tried to stop the ship being loaded in protest against Australia's policy to develop its uranium reserves, but failed after clashes with the police in which more than 20 were arrested. The 200 tonnes on the ACT 6 is eventually destined for Japan after undergoing enrichment in Britain. A report on the angry scenes as police battled with the demonstrators on the dockside.
SYNOPSIS: REPORTER: "With the rain drizzling down a dozen protesters continued their overnight vigil huddled around a small fire at the centrance to the terminal. They were awaiting the decision of another waterside workers meeting in the terminal building. Within an hour, their ranks had swelled to fifty or more. Container-loading began, and the protestors responded. One of the first to scramble down the embankment was one of the more outspoken members of Friends of the Earth on the subject of uranium. Others made their way under the wire and across Rocks Crest tot he ship. Many ran onto the wharf. They, too were arrested for trespassing. Before the eighteen containers had been lifted aboard, 22 others had been arrested. Fifty protestors, including Jack Mundy of Friends of the Green Ban, crept under the wire and edged their way close to the vessel. Then a charge began. Protestors scattered in all directions, with the police in pursuit. By the time it was over 13 men and ten women had been bundled into waiting paddy-wagons; one of them a woman out on bail after being arrested on a similar charge last night. With only a brief interruption, the loading went on until all eighteen containers had been lifted aboard the ACT 6. Twenty protestors stood watching the struggle between their counterparts and police, then quietly made their way back to the bridge. The vessel is due to sail on Thursday morning -- first stop New Zealand, then the United Kingdom, where the uranium ore will be offloaded.