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German police, protesters clash at nuke protest


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Police officers move in on anti-nuclear activists on Saturday.

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Anti-nuclear protesters stage a sit-in on railway tracks near Harlingen on Saturday.

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An aerial view of the railway cargo station in Dannenberg, Germany on Saturday with trucks waiting to be loaded with 'Castor' nuclear waste containers.

AP reports:

BERLIN — Police used water cannons to disperse about 300 protesters hurling rocks and fireworks during an attempt to disrupt a shipment of nuclear waste in northern Germany on Saturday, officials said.

Another 50 activists tried to sabotage the rail tracks that will be used by a train this weekend to transport the nuclear waste to the storage facility near the northern town of Gorleben, police spokesman Stefan Kuehm-Stoltz said.

On Friday, police clashed with some 200 protesters near the northern town of Dannenberg. Some 20 officers were injured during the clash, police said.

Police said several thousand protesters were gathering in Dannenberg Saturday to hold a peaceful protest rally. Organizers said some 23,000 people already joined the protest.

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Previously on PhotoBlog: Protests greet train carrying nuclear waste as it travels from France into Germany

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Anti-nuclear protesters build a barricade on their way to railway tracks near Lemgrabe on Saturday.

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An aerial view of tractors gathering for the protest rally against the 'Castor' nuclear waste transport on Saturday.