Germany's anti-nuclear campaigners have been outraged by a vote in parliament to extend the life of the country's 17 nuclear reactors which previously were meant to come offline in 2020.
Anti nuclear feelings and organisations have existed in Germany at least since the 80s.It has always been a heartfelt belief that nuclear waste would be a real issue which we have not dealt with properly and so nuclear power needed to be put aside for something cleaner and better. The Atomkraft - nein danke has been a slogan for a very long time. It is unfortunate that the train carrying nuclear waste from France to Germany and targeted by frustrated anti nuclear power people has become now the focus for scenes of violence. It is also unfortunate that some of the anti nuclear sites on the Net have been targeted too. As usual , with the predilection for some to turn any protest , no matter what, into a disruptive , violent affair the people with the real views and real information are not heard because the anti social action grabs the limelight and the true voices go unheard. Great way to subvert any cause , I guess. People have the right to be heard about nuclear energy, nuclear waste and nuclear weapons. It is not something which can be shoved aside. A balanced and intelligent planet would look at this all and resolve the matter but there is a belief by some that nuclear anything rules and so people who have concerns about their health and the health of their children and their planet never get to be heard in any kind of sensible and reasonable fashion because the mayhem makers hijack their cause. So the police will bring out pepper spray, tear gas, batons and water cannons to quell the violence and the real issue of the protest will be lost in the uproar. Why?