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Exmoor Today: Anti-nuclear protesters plan mass blockade of Hinkley

ANTI-nuclear campaigners from all over the UK are planning to converge on West Somerset later this year for a “mass non-violent blockade” of Hinkley Point.

Groups across the country have united for the protests and refer to the event as a “Ghandi-style display of civil disobedience”.

They openly admit they will be risking arrest by blockading the access road to the site but believe the it is a risk worth taking to get their message across to the Government.

Kate Hudson, general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said: “While Germany and Italy are now set against nuclear power, Britain seems to be taking almost no account of the lessons that must be learned from the ongoing catastrophe at Fukushima.

“If the Government pushes ahead with new nuclear plans, a wave of civil disobedience will dog construction at each site.”

She warned the protest - planned for Monday, October 3 - would be the “tip of the iceberg” if the Government pressed ahead with plans to allow a third nuclear power station to be built at Hinkley Point.

Andreas Speck of Kick Nuclear added: “This blockade will be the first big mobilisation against new nuclear.

“This not just a fight about one proposed power station - if people power stops these plans at Hinkley Point, we will be stopping the whole programme dead in its tracks.”

Campaigners who usually focus on the disarmament of nuclear weapons are also expected to join the blockade, which is being organised by the umbrella group Stop New Nuclear.

The alliance of local and national groups includes the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Stop Nuclear Power Network UK, Kick Nuclear, South West Against Nuclear, Shutdown Sizewell, Sizewell Blockaders, Trident Ploughshares and Stop Hinkley.

Organisers are planning to hold pre-event training sessions in the Bridgwater area to ensure the blockade is “safe, peaceful . . . and disruption to the local community kept to a minimum”.


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