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Here you can find photos of the events in Lueneburg and Gorleben, March 1-4-1997, as the German government transported six CASTOR casks of high-level nuclear waste from southern Germany to the small farming town of Gorleben in northern Germany. The transport brought at least 20,000 protestors, 30,000 police, and cost $100 million.

 

 

15,000 people demonstrate in Lueneburg, March 1, 1997

 
 

15,000 people demonstrate in Lueneburg, March 1, 1997, includes banner from Critical Police

 
  Farmers at the March 1 rally in Lueneburg. The sign in the tractor cab says, "Castor causes cancer."

 
 

A tractor pulls a trailer with a two-headed cow near the Lueneburg protest, March 1.

 
 

The building at Gorleben which houses the radioactive waste casks. Currently, there are 8 casks in the building. The government wants to put in 412 more. (63k)

 
 

A children's exhibit at the Initiative 60 campnear Gorleben, March 3, 1997. Initiative 60 is an anti-nuclear organization composed of women aged 60 and older.

 
 

Barricades make the main road between Dannenberg and Gorleben impassable.

 
 

Holes were dug under the main road from Dannenberg to Gorleben. If the casks attempted to drive on this road, the road would have collapsed. Here, the road is held up by logs, to protect the diggers from a road collapse.

 
 

Barricades were alternated with deep holes in the road; it may be weeks or months before this road again becomes passable.

 
 

An international observer team makes their sentiments known in front of an X (the symbol of Castor opposition) which has been cemented into the road. (62k)

 
 

Lyle and Norman, from First Nation Tribes in Canada, stand in a hole dug under the road from Dannenberg to Gorleben. These are not small guys!

 
 

A barricade of farmers' tractors near Dannenberg.

 
 

Two Castor casks, on the loading dock at Dannenberg; the small yellow sign is the only warning that they are radioactive.

 
 

A Castor cask on a transport truck, the crane at Dannenberg is directly behind.

 
 

Surrounded by police, the first Castor cask turns the corner from the rails at Dannenberg and enters the road to Gorleben.

 
 

The last of six Castor casks begins the trek to Gorleben. (49k)

 
 

In a Vietnam-like military maneuver, German police landed by helicopter and attacked tractors in a small farming village. These flat tires are one result of the assault.

 
 

A line of police, supplemented by water cannons, clear the road for the Castor shipments.

 
 

Police and water cannon protect the Castor transport route.

 
 

Police shoot water cannons at four protestors tied to the trees above the Castor transport road. In the background, two watercannons shoot at protestors still in the road.

 
 

Police shoot water cannons at protestors blocking the Castor transport route. According to various reports, there were 500 arrests and, late reports indicate, as many as 500 injuries.