Police, activists clash over nuclear waste train
Police clashed Sunday with activists trying to halt a train carrying nuclear waste from France to Germany as protests against the shipment turned increasingly violent.
Police used batons and pepper spray to disperse around 250 anti-nuclear activists who were trying to sabotage the railway tracks, and the activists hurled firecrackers back, police spokesman Markus Scharf told AFP.
A spokesman for activist group "Aktion Castor" said the police had responded with tear gas and water cannon. The woods around the train tracks are "completely clouded with tear gas," said Christoph Kleine.
Activists are trying to halt the train on its way to a storage facility in Gorleben, central Germany, which protesters say is unsuitable.
The 14-carriage train, dubbed by activists "the most radioactive ever", is returning 123 tonnes of German nuclear waste for storage after it was treated in France.
The convoy is the 11th of its kind. A previous nuclear waste shipment sent over in 2008 was blocked for 14 hours by protesters amid a violent stand-off with police.
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