Mass movement against a radioactive future in Germany: 40,000 demonstrators plus the entire population of the affected region ("Wendland") are up against 16,500 riot cops. The goal is to prevent the transport by rail of tons of radioactive waste (in "castor" containers, see image) back to Germany into structurally unsound underground storage.
Folks, this time it's for real. Citizens of Gorleben and surroundings,
joined by tens of thousands of anti-nuclear activists from elsewhere,
will stop the 'train from hell' that is going to try to reach the waste
depot of Gorleben, just south of Hamburg.
Local inhabitants are famously opposed, and militant, and literally
invite everybody to come help them to stop this train. They offer beds
for elderly or families with kids who can't camp out in the cold, and
can even provide for 'actionbudy's' if you come for the first time and
are a bit afraid (it has to be said that also 16.000 very heavy armed
policepersons will be there to throw us around). If you join the
blockades there, you'll see that farmers and other local inhabitants set
tables with food and coffee in their gardens for the activists and
invite you to sleep in their sheds. You might also team up with the
locals to dig tunnels under the road to make them impassable.
Apart from the usual blockades of the roads between Dannenberg (where
the train stops, then load the cargo upon trucks which travel another 20
km through the woods) and Gorleben, there is this year a new campaign
called 'Schottern'. In fact it is a new word, meaning to get rid of the
stones that carry the train rails. This on the track between Luneburg
and Dannenberg, that is only being used for the nuclear train then. The
idea is that if thousands of people start doing this at the same time,
the tracks will become defunct. And there are also blockades and actions
in other parts of the country (the train comes from France, then goes
straight through Germany). In the weekend of the 23d there were actions
in more than 100 cities as preparation.
This is all to happen in the weekend of November 6. The protests start
with a massive demonstration in Dannenberg on Saturday 6 (1 pm), The
train will probably leave the French La Hague on Friday 5 and arrive in
the area on Sunday 7, so that will be the big day.
There will be 8 different camps ( http://www.castor-camps.net/) along the
tracks and in the woods
There's loads of info on websites (mostly German though) and there are
some very entertaining clips to mobilize people, like this one:
and this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3ReyyTHKGs
or this one that is very cute (though in German):
actionguide (pdf) http://www.contratom.de/upload/2010_10_23_062753.pdf
So if you are in the vicinity and want to know how the sweet taste of
victory eh... tastes, come to Gorleben on November 6. If you can't come
you might be able to visit some local object that has to do with it
(heavily involved, apart from the German State, are the railwaycompany
Deutsche Bahn and the electricity companies like RWE and Eon.