The night before last the police removed thousands of people from the train tracks, so that the train could reach the transfer station. Last night they did the same thing with even more people who were sat on the roads leading from the transfer station to the dump. Then they ran lorries with the waste along the road to the dump.
The police have been mild, for German police, with the people sitting down. They have been more violent with others, such as people in trees and removing stones from the train tracks. They were perhaps more careful after blinding someone in Stuttgart recently, but still a disgrace at times.
The police union has been complaining that they are tired, cold and not well fed. The police didn't have to take part, so I have no sympathy for the poor dears. Demonstrators made it very difficult for the police to move around, using tractors to block roads to the police, which is why they were standing around for 20 hours or more. The people sitting on the roads are made of sterner stuff, many staying on the road for 44 hours, but they were doing it because it is right rather then the police who were doing it because they are paid.
There is an argument about who should pay for the police. 20 to 25 million Euros is the estimated cost. What is clear is that the nuclear industry will not be paying. It is another taxpayer subsidy to nuclear, the argument is about which group of taxpayers should pay. It looks like the taxpayers of Lower Saxony, where the dump is, will be paying a lot. They might like to remember that it was a politician, voted for by them, who wanted the dump to be built. In future they should make sure they vote for people who will not lumber them with other huge nuclear bills. That is a lesson other groups of voters should learn, inside and outside Germany.
When an industry, and it's puppets in government, can only force its actions through with the assistance of over 16,000 police officers those actions are not legitimate. Neither are the policies behind those actions legitimate. The industry and its puppets may continue to use might to fight against right, but in the end they will have to change.
Coverage at de.indymedia.org www.castorticker.de and www.spiegel.de which can be translated on-line.
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