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Bridgwater Times: Blockade plan to halt 'nuclear renaissance' in Somerset

BRIDGWATER is set to be the national focus of one of the biggest protests seen against nuclear power in this country.

Anti-nuclear campaigners are joining forces to blockade Hinkley Point nuclear power plant.

Since the Fukushima nuclear power station was fatally crippled by the Japanese tsunami earlier this year, an increasing number of countries have decided to veto nuclear power.

Germany and Switzerland have already decided to phase out nuclear energy, a major poll in France has indicated a shift of resentment against the industry and this weekend Italian voters have rejected any plans to build new nuclear reactors.

Now groups in Somerset are joining like-minded campaigners from across the country to vocalise what they believe is the growing opposition against nuclear in Britain.

The first major initiative will be a blockade at Hinkley Point on October 3, organised by Stop New Nuclear, an alliance of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Stop Nuclear Power Network UK, Kick Nuclear, South West Against Nuclear, Shutdown Sizewell, Sizewell Blockaders, Trident Ploughshares, and Stop Hinkley.

A spokesman explained why they were initially concentrating on the Somerset reactor.

"Hinkley Point is the first of eight proposed sites for nuclear new build to go ahead," he said.

"We stopped them here before, and we can do it again.

"If they fail at Hinkley, it is unlikely that the current 'nuclear renaissance' will have the momentum to continue.

"The catastrophe is still unfolding at Fukushima, but the British government is continuing with its plans for building new nuclear power stations – nuclear new-build.

"It's as if Fukushima didn't happen."

Organisers say in the days before the blockade there will be other local action taking place in Bridgwater and plans are already afoot to set up a camp.


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