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This is Somerset: Video: Anti-nuclear campaigners begin Stop Hinkley protest in Bridgwater

Anti-nuclear campaigners from all over Britain began a weekend-long protest in Bridgwater yesterday, against the proposed construction nearby of the Hinkley C nuclear power station.

The main aim of Saturday's rally was to raise awareness within the community that, should the project get the go-ahead from the government, Hinkley Point will become a storage facility for tons of high-level radioactive spent fuel for over 100 years and the threat that might represent to Somerset and the UK at large.

Video Bridgwater march, 6 October 2012

This is the West Country: Campaigners stage weekend rally at Hinkley Point

CAMPAIGNERS protesting against nuclear power are basing themselves at Hinkley Point for a two-day rally.

After marching through Bridgwater with imitation radioactive waste barrels, the group has moved to land outside the power station, setting up camp at North Wick Moor.

Nigel Cann, Hinkley Point C construction director, said: “We respect the rights of individuals to peaceful and lawful protest, however, we are also mindful of the pressure these events can place on the local community with whom we have strong links.

BBC News Somerset: Hinkley Point: Protesters camp for weekend of action

Anti-nuclear campaigners have set up a camp at Hinkley Point in Somerset as a base for a weekend of action.

They are protesting against government plans for a new generation of reactors to be built to replace those coming to the end of their working lives.

Energy company EDF, which wants to build a new reactor at Hinkley, said it "respects the rights of individuals to peaceful and lawful protest".

A spokesman for the firm said a new reactor would create 25,000 jobs.

ITV News Westcountry: Protest gets underway at Hinkley Point

Protesters from all over the UK have gathered in Somerset at the site earmarked for the first of a new generation of nuclear power stations.

People began to arrive at the camp on North Wick Moor in the early hours of this morning. They are planning to scale the fence around land being cleared for the controversial Hinkley C power plant.

Tomorrow symbolic barrels of radioactive waste will be wheeled through the streets of nearby Bridgwater to highlight the stockpile of high-level nuclear waste that will be stored at Hinkley C if it gets the green light.

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