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Nuclear convoy nears destination

Protester held
Police dogs keep protesters at bay  

DANNENBERG, Germany -- Germany mounted a massive security operation on Tuesday as protesters tried to stop a nuclear waste shipment reaching a storage site.

Police mobilised 15,000 officers to guard the six containers, which began their journey by rail from a reprocessing plant at La Hague on France's northwest coast on Sunday.

Police used batons and dogs to remove anti-nuclear activists from rail tracks on Tuesday, enabling the train to finish its train trip across Germany.

Small groups of demonstrators held back by police blew whistles as the train inched into the terminal at Danneberg, where it was to be inspected and loaded onto trucks for the final 20 kilometers (12 miles) journey to the above ground storage site near the village of Gorleben.

Police said they had spent about an hour removing two demonstrators who chained themselves to the train track near the German town of Lueneburg.

But police and protesters agreed that so far fewer people than expected had joined the demonstrations.

The highly radioactive waste originated in German nuclear power plants and was reprocessed in France before being returned to Germany.

Police are ready for protests in Dannenberg  

Previous shipments have been delayed by violence and disruption from Germany's strong anti-nuclear lobby.

Late on Monday, police moved in to end a three-hour, sit-down protest by around 600 demonstrators on a section of railway near the storage site at Gorleben.

Police said they had removed a number of concrete slabs placed near the railway line.

Germany adopted legislation last month to phase out nuclear power over the next two decades.

The government has also been re-examining the safety of nuclear convoys and power plants in the wake of the September 11 attacks in the U.S.


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