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Japan – Protestors say “No” to nuclear power plants

Monday, March 12, 2012

Around 30,000 protestors came together in France on Sunday to form a human chain to call for an end to nuclear energy.

One year after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, people linked arms for some 230 kilometers along a major road in southeastern France, where many nuclear facilities are located.

Demonstrators from France, Germany and Switzerland also rallied at 10 sites as part of the anti-nuclear power protest set up by an NGO.

In the town of Cruas, which has power plant facilities, many protestors, including children and old people, formed a human chain and chanted “No to nuclear power.”

One participant said that even though Japan is known for its advanced technology, it still experienced a nuclear catastrophe. He said that means it will be even more difficult for France to avoid such risks.

Almost 80 percent of France’s electricity is generated by nuclear power. The country has 58 reactors, the second-largest number in the world after the United States. In the wake of the nuclear accident in Japan, the French anti-nuclear movement has gained momentum.

Anti-nuclear rallies were also held across the United States on Sunday.

In New York, about 200 people, including some Japanese, marched through the city center, calling for a society without nuclear energy.

The protestors gathered in a square in Manhattan to hear speakers call on the world to learn from Fukushima to build a society without nuclear power stations.