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Activists arrested after nuclear plant breach

TT/AFP/The Local · 14 Jun 2010, 11:12

Published: 14 Jun 2010 10:17 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Jun 2010 11:12 GMT+02:00

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The activists were arrested on suspicion of trespass and breaching the 1990 Protection of Important Installations Act (Law 1990:217).

The activists climbed and fence and entered the plant on Monday morning demanding that parliament vote on June 17th against the building of new nuclear power facilities.

Police confirmed that 50 people have been arrested but that there may be more hiding on the premises and the area is being searched by police and several canine units have been despatched.

"I think that there are more than these people. We are searching the area now," police spokesperson Olle Rehn.

The environmental group itself sent out a statement earlier saying around 30 would enter the facility to conduct a peaceful protest against nuclear power use.

"The activists demand that Swedish members of parliament vote 'no' to new nuclear power at a vote on June 17 and instead bet on renewable energy," the group said, adding that the protesters were prepared to stay put until the day of the vote.

Sweden, which has 10 reactors at three power stations, announced last year it had reversed a decision to phase out nuclear power, and the parliament is set to vote Thursday on whether to expand the Scandinavian country's nuclear facilities.

Greenpeace spokesman Ludvig Tillman told the TT news agency several activists had been stopped by guards, but that "many succeeded in getting in".

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The activists, who reportedly climbed over a fence to get in, were protesting an expected "decision that will have consequences for hundreds of years if you think of the waste nuclear power creates," he said. "Replacing existing nuclear plants with new nuclear power would be a mistake of historical proportions," he said in the Greenpeace statement.

Forsmark spokesperson Claes-Inge Andersson told TT that plant authorities were also following closely the protest, but said there was little worry the activists would pose a security risk.

"It is one thing to manage to climb over a fence, but it is not be possible for them to reach the vital parts" of the nuclear plant, he said, adding that the activists "are not here to damage the plant. They just want to protest a parliamentary decision."

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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11:54 June 14, 2010 by booka
Sweden welcomes army of wind turbines http://www.thelocal.se/27198/20100613/

Sounds like they are already trying?
12:44 June 14, 2010 by Rey Stockholm
50 people protesting is statistically insignificant

Seems Sweden is completelty supportive of nuclear energy
12:55 June 14, 2010 by wabasha
this mush have been just a property fence and not the inner security fence.
14:02 June 14, 2010 by SouthAfrican_in_Sweden
Seems that Greenpeace will forever remain ignorant about the pro's of nuclear power vs other energy sources. Why don't they get educated and develop something new rather than making noise?
14:34 June 14, 2010 by Valdemaratterdag
They show a fundamental misunderstanding of nuclear energy. Radioactive waste isn't "created" but merely concentrated from where it is discovered to be used as an energy source in nuclear reactors. Chain reactions in nuclear reactors mean less aggregate radioactive isotopes on the planet. In other words, nuclear reactors make our planet less radioactive.
15:04 June 14, 2010 by Venturisection
Greenpeace is a terrorist organisation and greenpeace terrorists should be arrested they spread ignorance preach elistist over idealistic goals and ruin everything for everyone.
15:50 June 14, 2010 by calebian22

Seems like those proposed, armed security guards would have come in handy.
18:08 June 14, 2010 by free range cheese
Just run a wire from the generator output to the fence. Problem solved.
18:18 June 14, 2010 by J Jack
There is big money in nuclear junk for dirty bombs .. any breach is concerning.
19:22 June 14, 2010 by Nemesis
If we are going to move away from fossil fuels, we are going to need nuclear power to smooth out power drops from wind.

The simple fact is, renewables such as solar and wind require nuclear so as to maintain a constant supply.

These idiots should have there electricity supplies to there homes cut of until they get it into there heads that we need nuclearn power, wether we like it or not.

Also they should be asked how much they got from there Saudi overlords to pull this stunt.
19:44 June 14, 2010 by boby
Greenpeace are a bunch of morons just looking to pick a fight.

Feed them to the reactors I say.
22:30 June 14, 2010 by Carbarrister
These Greenpeace activists should be put on the next "activist/martyr" boat attempting to breach an Israeli naval blocade.
22:57 June 14, 2010 by dmj123
Renewable energy such as solar and wind are not capable of carrying base load power demand. Should we use them when we can? absolutely; should they be our only power sorce? absolutely not; anyone who thinks we can is a few cans short of a six pack. i like what the French do with their nuclear waste. They dump it into a deep oceanic trench where the tehtonic plates are folding into the earths core. The waste ends up in the center of the earth where it can't hurt anything. Too bad we can't send these greenpeace types along as observers.
04:05 June 15, 2010 by engagebrain
dml123 states that France dumps nuclear waste in deep oceanic trenches.

This is not true - France is going for the usual hole in the ground.
05:05 June 15, 2010 by here for the summer
I thought green peace was smarter than this . Their founder supports nuclear energy .

14:37 June 15, 2010 by flintis
Lock them up for endagering the lives of everyone in Sweden. Probably the usual morons, History teachers, students, unemployed academics etc.
07:40 June 16, 2010 by Aussie_Downunder
There are endless alternative energy options... Why would anyone want/need nuclear energy? Sure it has high efficiency maybe running costs are low, you could make a few bombs out of it and such but the major let down is the nuclear waste. And who really wants that in their backyard?
13:57 June 16, 2010 by amirhosein
With such activists who unite to make their voice heard, earth becomes a better place to live in.

And seriously, where does all this hatred, expressed in comments section of most news pieces, come from? an investigation to find why it is so, could result in an interesting piece of news on TheLocal.
15:11 June 16, 2010 by flintis
@ amirhosein you wrote :

#With such activists who unite to make their voice heard, earth becomes a better place to live in#

Yes we see how much better these activist make the world every year when they smash up the centre of Stockholm or Göteborg or Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Paris etc etc etc. I for one would like to be able to go shopping during a G8 meeting for example
09:25 June 17, 2010 by CarlBlack
@Aussie_Downunder: Have you ever seen a bomb made in nuclear plant? First read something about the topic and then talk. As for your question: you can find many reason by simply looking at the internet. Maybe a few: for solar panels with present technology there are simply not enough mineral resources to build enough panels to cover the whole earth's consumption, wind power is extremely unreliable... And who wants wind turbines in their backyard?

@amirhosein: I can tell you the reason. The local is typically read by educated people, who find no reason for the present unjustified anti-nuclear hysteria.
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