Sunday, May 29, 2011

Over 250,000 take to the streets ANA in 20 German cities

Some 250,000 people took to the streets today in twenty German cities demanding "nuclear shutdown, immediately renouncing nuclear power plant closures. In Berlin, some 25,000 people marched in a festive atmosphere of the city center, ending with a rally outside the headquarters of the ruling Democrat Party (CDU) Angela Merkel.

The Chancellor will tomorrow the latest conclusions of the reports on nuclear energy and plant safety, which commissioned several charges after the accident in Fukushima. A decision is expected soon from the government on the future of nuclear energy in Germany. The 17 nuclear power plants in Germany should turn off their engines until 2021, experts recommend the Ethics Commission appointed by the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel in its final report, which was seen today DPA.

"A decade is enough," wrote the 17 members of the union and representatives of economic, scientific and religious center of Germany. The report will be officially handed over to Merkel to Sunday and Monday will be presented publicly in Berlin. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people turned out today to the streets of major cities in Germany to demand the immediate abandonment of nuclear energy and a rapid transition to renewables.

The protests in some 21 localities, which they called environmental organizations, unions and some political parties, passed peacefully and had its highest expression in Berlin, where he concentrated between 20,000 and 25,000 people. The turnout was much higher than that of past demonstrations that took place across Germany on March 26 and reached a record 250,000 participants, organizers said.

"Turn off, turn off!" Chanted the demonstrators moved Porla Berlin's main artery through the landmark Brandenburg Gate and the nearby German lower house of parliament, elBundestag, reaching the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Merkel. This wanted to send a signal to the center-right government, which will meet on Sunday to take the long-awaited decision on the energy future of Europe's largest economy.

The head of government of Germany decided to appoint "an ethics committee" after the disaster in Japan's Fukushima plant to prepare a plan to abandon nuclear energy. Today in Berlin celebrated its final deliberation. The Executive Merkel last year approved a controversial bill to extend until 2036 the life of plants and revoke the gradual blackout agreed with energy carriers by the previous government of Gerhard Schröder.

But after the disaster in Japan, announced a moratorium of three months of the Act and ordered the temporary closure of seven plants oldest, built in 1980.

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