About 10,000 people packed London's Trafalgar Square on Saturday (29 April) during a demonstration organised by the Friends of the Earth movement in protest against plans to extend the Windscale nuclear reprocessing plant in the English Lake District.
GV Trafalgar Square, London
GVs Group arriving at squared to join demonstration (8 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT Man wearing skull mask
CU "Wind down Windscale" sign
GV ZOOM OUT Man in protective suit in front of crowd
CU Demonstrators applauding
CU Leo Abse, M.P. speaking in English
SV Crowd applauding
ABSE: "As I recall, carrying as I do, many memories of previous demonstrations in my lifetime, I hope that here we have a new generation protesting. When I look round I see that it is a demonstration overwhelmingly of the intelligent young. It is a demonstration of young. It is a demonstration of young people who are saying 'we shall not be the last generation'".
Actress Janet Suzman of the Royal Shakespeare Company read out a declaration against the Windscale development at the rally. It was later delivered to British Prime Minister James Callaghan. Former Dutch Defence Minister Dr. Roelof Kruisinga, who resigned last month over the neutron bomb issue, was to have spoken at the demonstration, but he was reported to be ill and did not appear.
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Background: About 10,000 people packed London's Trafalgar Square on Saturday (29 April) during a demonstration organised by the Friends of the Earth movement in protest against plans to extend the Windscale nuclear reprocessing plant in the English Lake District.
SYNOPSIS: The development of Windscale has been an emotive issue for anti -nuclear campaigners for some time and this demonstration was the largest ant-nuclear power protest ever staged in Britain. For many it was reminiscent of the early 1960,s, when the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was at its strongest and demonstration were a regular occurrence. But things have been quiet in Britain recently -- with a ban on all marches only recently expired -- and now anti-nuclear protests are polarised on the threat to the environment from possible pollution.
Opponents of the Windscale scheme say Britain could become the world's nuclear dustbin. They also fear that plutonium, which is removed from spent nuclear fuel, could be used for making bombs. Next week the British parliament will debate an order authorising the 600 million pound sterling (1,100 million U.S. dollar) expansion of the Windscale plant. Labour Member of Parliament Leo Abse spoke in protest on Saturday.
Oratory which went down well with the crowd.