this is only a brief and quick newsletter to say "Thank you!" to everyone who came to Hinkley last weekend, and helped to make our action a huge success. On Saturday, more than 1,000 protesters joined our commemoration of Fukushima, and demanded an end to plans for new nuclear power stations in Britain (and elsewhere). About 100 stayed on for the first ever 24 hour blockade of a nuclear power station in Britain. We all did it!
The action was clearly the biggest anti nuclear power demonstration for decades, although not since the mass protest against the construction of the Torness nuclear power station in 1979, but only since July 1980, when the Cornwall Anti Nuclear alliance mustered 2,000 people for its protest against proposed nuclear power stations in Cornwall.
We are trying to put media coverage of the event together on our website, at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/inthepress. Please send us links if you find anything that's so far missing on our website.
BBC Point West's report is also available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDF1iO69E7M&feature=youtu.be.
Already the night before the demonstration, we had our Camilla Berens discuss nuclear power on BBC newsnight with George Monbiot and Malcolm Grimston - two supporters of nuclear energy. Grimston was Information Officer of the UK Atomic Energy Authority from 1987-1992 and Information Adviser of the British Nuclear Industry Forum from 1992-1995. Although Camilla was on her own against two persons supporting new nuclear, we think she stood her ground and got the anti nuclear message across at prime time.
A report on the action of People Against Wylfa B (PAWB) on Sunday, 11 March, can be read in the North Wales Chronicle at http://www.northwaleschronicle.co.uk/news/111032/anti-nuclear-campaigners-remember-fukushima-at-menai-bridge-event.aspx.
A report on Radiation Free Lakelands Scafell Walk is available on their website at http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/scafell-walk/.
A range of videos from all over the world are available at http://www.youtube.com/FukushimaActionDay.
Sizewell Camp, 20-22 April 2012
Spend a sunny weekend camping on the beach at Sizewell and learning about the plans for the new power station. Come and show your opposition to nuclear power and your support for sustainable energy solutions. The weekend includes a protest at the nuclear power station entrance, workshops and skill shares, woodland and beach walks, vegan food and networking. Now is the time to take action against new build – come join us to say ‘Nuclear power – No thanks!’
More information at http://stopnuclearpoweruk.net/content/sizewell-camp-2012.
We are all still recovering from the successful action last weekend, but the struggle is far from over. We will soon plan the next steps - our campaign will need to continue, until EDF, Horizon, and the UK government abandon all plans for new nuclear in Britain. Therefore, we still need your financial support. Please give generously. You can donate online at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/donate, or you can send a cheque made payable to Stop New Nuclear to:
Stop New Nuclear
c/o 5 Caledonian Road
London N1 9DX
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