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Activists pulled out all the stops to protest a shipment of nuclear waste in northern Germany:

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An activist of the environmental organization Robin Wood hangs from a rope that was fixed between two trees during a protest against nuclear waste transport in northern Germany on Tuesday. Trucks carrying 123 tons of nuclear waste have finally reached the storage facility in Gorleben after police worked through the night to clear thousands of protesters blockading the roads. The banner reads: "Final Stop, Atom, all get off immediately."

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A flatbed trailer carrying Castors with nuclear waste arrives at the nuclear interim storage facility in Gorleben, Germany on Tuesday.


"Nuclear Energy as safe as this website," reads the home page of the the German nuclear industry, Kernerergie, after anti-nuclear protestors hacked into the web site.

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For nearly four days, anti-nuclear protesters rappelled from bridges, undermined roads, and formed human shields across the shipment's route, in an attempt to slow it down.

A shepherdess even herded her flock of 500 sheep and some 60 goats across the road between Dannenberg — where the shipment was offloaded from train onto trucks — and Gorleben on Monday in a bid to slow the transport down.

The German nuclear waste, which is reprocessed in France, set off by train Friday on it its 930-mile (1,500 kilometer) journey from Valognes to Gorleben, which took 92 hours, making this the longest the regular transport has ever taken, following a 79 hour trip in 2008.

Some 20,000 police secured the transport along its route, and there were sporadic clashes with demonstrators, although the protests remained largely peaceful.