Greenpeace 'shocked' overdeath of anti-nuclear protestor

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8 November 2004, PARIS - The international environment watchdog group Greenpeace said Monday it was "shocked and very saddened" by the death of a French protestor who was struck and killed Sunday by a train transporting nuclear waste to Germany. "It is a very grave day for all anti-nuclear activists and for all citizens," the group said in a press statement. "This dramatic accident is a demonstration of growing public anger in the face of the dangers and lack of transparency of nuclear energy in France." T

8 November 2004

PARIS - The international environment watchdog group Greenpeace said Monday it was "shocked and very saddened" by the death of a French protestor who was struck and killed Sunday by a train transporting nuclear waste to Germany.

"It is a very grave day for all anti-nuclear activists and for all citizens," the group said in a press statement. "This dramatic accident is a demonstration of growing public anger in the face of the dangers and lack of transparency of nuclear energy in France."

The 21-year-old man died shortly after the train severed his leg during a protest action near Avricourt in eastern France. The victim had chained himself to the tracks in order to stop the transport, but the train, traveling at some 100 kilometres per hour, was unable to stop in time.

Three other protestors who had chained themselves to the track were able to free themselves before the train reached them.

The train transported 12 sealed containers of nuclear waste from La Hague in France to a nuclear waste facility in Gorleben, Germany.

DPA

Subject: German news

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