Sheep, goats join German anti-nuclear blockade
Activists seeking to block a cargo of highly radioactive waste in Germany received reinforcements of bleating protesters on Monday in the shape of a large herd of sheep and goats.
According to a spokeswoman for activist group Citizens' Initiative Luechow-Dannenberg, the roughly 1,500 demonstrators against the nuclear waste were joined on Monday afternoon by around 2,000 sheep and 50 goats.
"The animals just wanted to join in a bit," she said.
Police must now clear protesters and animals before the controversial cargo can proceed by lorries to its final storage site at Gorleben, northern Germany.
Activists have already come up with some unusual ways to delay the waste on its 67-hour trip from a processing plant in France, including abseiling from a bridge into the path of a train that was transporting it.
Demonstrators were tight-lipped about who had driven the animals to the road but had previously vowed to erect "creative obstacles" to the cargo's path.
© 2010 AFP