Fresh clashes between German police, nuclear protesters
Fresh violence erupted Sunday between German police and protesters trying to halt the progress of a train carrying nuclear waste from France to Germany, authorities said.
"About 1,000 people attacked law enforcement officers on the tracks at Harlingen," close to Dannenberg, northern Germany, where the train is set to be unloaded, a police spokeswoman told AFP.
"I can confirm there were arrests and people injured but I am not able to say how many," another police spokesman said.
He added the activists appeared to be "members of the anarchist scene, who threw firecrackers and fired tear gas at police."
The new clashes followed earlier altercations between police and protesters during which authorities deployed pepper spray, tear gas and water cannon to disperse some 250 anti-nuclear protesters trying to sabotage the tracks.
The controversial train, dubbed "the most radioactive ever", is heading for the town of Dannenberg, where the 123 tonnes of waste will be loaded onto lorries for the nearby storage facility of Gorleben.
Activists were doing everything in their power to slow the progress of the train, which environmental pressure group Greenpeace has called to be halted immediately "in the interests of public safety."
The train has been delayed by at least 10 hours.
These latest clashes "did not stop the progress of the train," a police spokesman said.
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