GERMANY: Military to be deployed against Gorleben protesters


GERMANY: Military to be deployed against Gorleben protesters

Green Party MP, Christian Ströbele, asked the Ministry of Interior if there was any involvement of military units in combating demonstrators that will try to stop a controversial train with nuclear cargo. He did this because this was the case with the G8 protests in Heiligendamm in 2007, when it was discovered afterwards and considered unlawful. In the case of Heiligendamm the main military involvement was aerial reconnaissance by tornado jet fighters. Ströbele
asked if those were being deployed again as there were already daily sightings of those in the Gorleben area. The surprising answer of the Ministry of Interior on 22 October was that the deployment of the Tornado jets was "not planned" but that the army (Bundeswehr) had "promised to execute supportive tasks on demand by the ministry of Interior and Sport of the state of Niedersachsen."

One of the main organizers of the protests, Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Lüchow-Dannenberg (BI) has now called for the cancelling of the nuclear transport: "We want political solutions, not situations that remind of civil war. The population here is opposed to an outdated energy-policy influenced by industrial lobbies. Instead of answers they send 16,500 policemen and the army". Source: Hintergrund (link) and BI reaction (link).

 

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