Tens of thousands at German anti-nuclear demos: organisers

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Organisers of anti-nuclear demonstrations in Germany said Monday that more than 100,000 people had turned out to call for the closing of the country's nuclear power stations after the disaster in Japan.

No official figure on the turnout was available.

Demonstrations took place in more than 450 towns and cities, according to the anti-nuclear organisation "Ausgestrahlt" (Irradiated).

"It is the first time in the history of the movement against nuclear power plants that so many people have mobilised in so short a time to demonstrate," movement spokesman Jochen Stay said.

On Saturday tens of thousands of people formed a human chain in southwestern Germany between the power station at Neckarwestheim and Stuttgart, capital of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

The event had been planned long in advance to demand the closure of the plant, one of the oldest in the country.

On Monday Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a three-month suspension of plans to extend the lifespan of Germany's nuclear power plants, pending a safety review.

© 2011 AFP

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