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Court fines Greenpeace nuclear activists

AFP/The Local · 1 Jul 2010, 17:23

Published: 01 Jul 2010 17:23 GMT+02:00

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The activists -- 13 Germans, eight Poles, four Danes, a Frenchman, a Finn, a Swede and a Briton -- were given fines ranging from €190 to 1,600 ($230-2,000) for trespassing, according to a copy of the judgment by the court in Uppsala obtained by AFP.

In a statement, Greenpeace welcomed the fact that activists were found guilty of the lesser charge of trespassing, and not aggravated trespassing as sought by the prosecutor.

A Polish activist was found guilty of violating arms laws by using tear gas, according to the court's decision.

On June 14th, around 50 activists entered the nuclear plant in Forsmark, 150 kilometres (95 miles) north of the capital Stockholm, to protest the reversal of a moratorium on nuclear power by the centre-right government.

Three days later, the Swedish parliament approved the decision, clearing the way for the replacement of 10 reactors that are coming to the end of their lifespan.

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Operated by public group Vattenfall, the plant in Forsmark was the site of a 2006 incident when a reactor overheated.

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18:04 July 1, 2010 by voiceofreason
These guys are terrorists, and all they got was a fine. Their stupid action could have escalated to more serious events given there erratic state of minds.

How about some real terrorist masquerading as an activist, sneaking and doing his evil did. This is what precedence is all about
18:28 July 1, 2010 by Nemesis
They broke into a nuclear plant.

The judge should be jailed along with the greenpeace people.
01:52 July 2, 2010 by GLO
What do you have to do in Sweden to get in trouble???

Sweden is gone NUTS... Expect more serious problems...
02:01 July 2, 2010 by KayBee

If you're so concerned about safety, you should be against nuclear power as a whole. No safety measures can insure that there will be no accidents. A terrorist attack is just one possibility to release radioactivity. Actually, NPPs emit radioactive material the whole time. And they're not even climate friendly: http://www.dont-nuke-the-climate.org/spip.php?article423&lang=en

I think what the activists did is justifiable. They tried to bring attention to Sweden's nuclear policy and it was clear that it will just be a symbolic action. If you're angry about what they did, you should be angry about the safety measures at the power plant.
13:04 July 2, 2010 by Abbot

Would you mind providing a more authoratative link than some nutter website?

These guys should have been shot by security the moment the entered the grounds. That would certainly help deter any would-be terrorists from hitting such a target.
13:32 July 2, 2010 by tadchem
When someone feels strongly enough about their apocalyptic visions of things that have not yet happened to take direct action, I feel less inclined to protect myself from the visions than from the visionary.
01:54 July 3, 2010 by KayBee

Try this:


and to found my claim that NPP constantly emit radioactive particles:

http://www.umwelt.niedersachsen.de/live/live.php?navigation_id=2274&article_id=8986&_psmand=10 (It's from the ministry of environment of Lower Saxony, Germany, so it's in German, unfortunately, but you can see the graphs)

I think your safety proposal is a bit simplistic. You would need a bit more than that. The problem I see is that nothing (neither a nuclear facility nor the safety measures) can be 100% safe, because it is humans inventing and dealing with it and humans do make mistakes, at some point. I'm not apocalyptic here, (ain't saying a meltdown is the end of the world), but I'm trying to be realistic.
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