Mon. October 8, 2012
Welsh Campaigners Occupy Nuclear Power Station Site
CND Cymru Vice Chair Ray Davies (Bedwas) and Paul Ralph (Cwmbran) entered the proposed construction site at Hinkley Nuclear Power Station in Somerset at 4am in the morning. They are still on the site having managed to get through the fences to spread wildflower seeds.
They were part of a 12 person ‘occupation’ which sprung from this weekend’s protest involving hundreds of people from all over Britain this weekend.
Interviews available from Ray Davies: 07969 48 66 33 and Paul Ralph: 07833 19 22 22
See post for information about the event in a press release distributed on Wednesday 3rd October.
At least eight protesters have been arrested during a mass trespass at the Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset.
More than 50 people swooped on the perimeter fence of the land earmarked for two new EPR mega-reactors next to the existing power plant just after dawn.
Dozens fanned out around the 5-miles long fence while others held banners and placards outside the main security gate. A 14-foot banner reading ‘Nuclear disaster Zone – Boycott EDF’ was hung across the gate.
At 11am a total of 577 seed balls were thrown over the fence onto the construction area in a symbolic attempt to repair the damage already caused to the land. The seed balls represent the number of days since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
Around 10 people are known to be still on the land owned by EDF Energy. Many others are expected to join them later on today. The mood has been relaxed and celebratory.’This is a major victory for the anti-nuclear movement’, said Camilla Berens, spokesperson for the Stop New Nuclear Alliance. Because the government has refused to listen to us and
we have been forced to raise the game. We have successfully blockaded the main entrance to Hinkley Point on two occasion in the last year and now we have accomplished a mass trespass. Our message today is that we will continue to raise the game with peaceful protest until our voice in heard.’
She continued: ‘The government’s new nuclear policy is on its knees. Investors are pulling out left right and centre. Even EDF Energy is looking for new partners to fund the Hinkley C project. It’s time to bin nuclear for good and look at countries like Germany that are creating an energy future that is safe, affordable and nuclear-free.”
Photographs and video footage of the three days of anti-nuclear activities will be available shortly.
Details of the police charges to follow.
South Wales Argus Report 9/10/12