Greenpeace protests US plutoniumshipment to France

17th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

CHERBOURG, France, Sept 16 (AFP) - A group of activists from the environmental group Greenpeace broke into a military naval base here on Thursday to protest the arrival later in the year of a consignment of plutonium.

CHERBOURG, France, Sept 16 (AFP) - A group of activists from the environmental group Greenpeace broke into a military naval base here on Thursday to protest the arrival later in the year of a consignment of plutonium.  

The activists paddled into the base in canoes, evading police security boats, and managed to unfurl a large banner along the quay reading "Stop Plutonium," before 13 of them were arrested.  

The incident "passed off without any injuries and only lasted a few minutes," a naval spokesman said.  

All those detained were later freed.  

The activists were protesting plans to unload 150 kilos of US military-grade plutonium, part of surplus stocks left over from the cold war, at the port in northwestern France.  

The plutonium is due to be transported to the Cadarache nuclear re-processing facility in the southeast of the country.

 

© AFP

 

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