In Gorleben, West Germany, bulldozers razed a primitive village put up by anti-nuclear demonstrators on a proposed dump for radioactive waste on Wednesday (4 June) in an action backed up by thousands of police.
GV Army vehicles arriving at demo site.
GV Crowds of demonstrators, ZOOM TO police lines.
GV Temporary camp of demonstrators.
GV Bulldozer clearing campsite.
GV & ZOOM TO Riot police.
GV Police confront demonstrators. (2 SHOTS)
SV Police grappling with demonstrator.
GV & ZOOM Police marching on demonstrators.
GV Police carrying demonstrator ZOOM OUT TO police arresting others. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: In Gorleben, West Germany, bulldozers razed a primitive village put up by anti-nuclear demonstrators on a proposed dump for radioactive waste on Wednesday (4 June) in an action backed up by thousands of police.
SYNOPSIS: About three thousand five hundred environmentalists had gathered in the area the previous night to join the passive protest begun a month ago by the several hundred people who built the makeshift village. The forcible evacuation was ordered by the Lower Saxony state government after demonstrators ignored appeals to leave the site where drilling is planned to test its suitability for nuclear waste disposal.
The builders of the village had named it the Free Republic of Wendland, after a pre-Christian Germanic tribe which inhabited the area. It consisted of about fifty huts. The demonstrators received free milk, meat and bread from sympathetic local tradesmen and farmers.
The police were supported by 12 helicopters, armoured cars and mobile water cannon. Police said nobody was hurt in the action although eyewitnesses said more scuffles occurred. Reporters were barred from the scene soon after the operation began. Despite being forced off the site, the demonstrators won the federal government's promise of a public hearing before Gorleben can be used as a nuclear waste site.