The Great Nuclear Awakening

Posted on March 29, 2011 by

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The men and women of 2011 have once more risen from their slumber to address an omnipresent issue derived from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.

Massive protests erupted this weekend (3/25-27) as the world takes a stand against nuclear energy and nuclear proliferation.

Pointing to the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, countries like India, Japan itself and Germany, have initiated protests directed at the removal or closing of national nuclear plants.

By Kevin Rajput


New Delhi, India:

Indian Protests - Courtesy of Assoc. Press

Approximately 100 protesters arrived at the Indian parliament demanding the government to cease from building a significant number of nuclear plants (Associated Press 1). The 20 nuclear plants, intended to meet Indian energy needs, has been doubted in light of the nuclear turmoil in Japan (Associated Press 1). Following the protest, a petition of 73,000 names requested the halt of India-France nuclear deal (Associated Press 1).

Greenpeace, an environmental group, stated the planned nuclear facilities were located in “a more active seismic zone than the government has acknowledged”  (Associated Press 1).

Pervez Musharrat - Courtesy of Time.com

India has justified the nuclear ambitions as a result of an arms race against rival Pakistan (Associated Press 1). In the same respect, Pervez Musharrat, former Pakistani President and current candidate claims in a Time magazine interview: “[y]es, we have nuclear weapons, and we are proud of it. Nuclear weapons are the pride of every man, woman and child walking in the streets of Pakistan. Why are we nuclear? Because of India” (Biss 3).

“Why are we nuclear? Because of India” (Biss 3)

Hopefully, Pakistan will too remove nuclear facilities following an Indian initiative to remove or halt nuclear plant use/creation.

 


Tokyo, Japan:

Hundreds of protesters gathered to denounce nuclear power because of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. The group of 300 men and women arrived at Tokyo Electric Power and cried chants that expressed their abhorrence of nuclear power (channelnewsasia.com 1).

“We don’t need nuclear plants!” (channelnewsasia.com 1)

Outside of Chubu Electric Power, another 300 or so protesters demanded the closing of all nuclear power in Japan (channelnewsasia.com 1).

“We don’t want another Fukushima” (channelnewsasia.com 1)

The Japanese protests this weekend reiterate the present danger all nuclear facilities provide.

” ‘I want to be able to choose my way of life and not leave danger for future generations,’ said 63-year-old Nagoya resident Shigeko Furumichi” (channelnewsasia.com 1)

Japanese protesters – Courtesy of channelnewsasia.com

“Japan has always lied in promoting the benefits of nuclear plants,” claimed Atsuchi Fujuki, a Japanese protester (channelnewsasia.com 1)

Nuclear Protests - Courtesy of iafrica.com

 


Berlin, Germany:

More than 200,000 Germans march against nuclear power

German Protester against nuclear power - Courtesy of news.yahoo.com

Over 200,000 protesters rose against nuclear power in Germany and consequently attract great attention as one of the largest uprisings against nuclear power to date (Happe 1). This significant protest comes during a critical pre-election period in Germany and therefore a German action against nuclear power looks promising (Happe 2). Hopefully, the anti-nuclear protests, as a result of the Japanese nuclear disaster, will spread throughout Europe.

“Fukushima Means: No More Nuclear Power Stations,” reiterated protesters (Happe 1)

AFP, a news corporation, explains “Curd Knuefer, 26, a Berlin student, said that in a context where majority public opinion had long been hostile to nuclear energy the Fukushima accident had been a wake-up call,” (Happe 2).

As Germany’s greatest protest against nuclear energy, the nuclear capabilities in both weapons and power are expected to be closed or reviewed (Happe 2).

“We need to learn the lessons of Japan: nothing is impossible,” (Happe 2)

“Today’s demonstrations are just the prelude to a new, strong anti-nuclear movement. We’re not going to let up until the plants are finally mothballed,” said Ausgestrahlt spokesman Jochen Stay (Happe 2)

 


As protests awaken as a result of the Japanese nuclear disaster, it can be hoped that the world will shift its views to the removal of nuclear weapons and plants as evident in the damage of a disaster. Should the protests in India, Japan and Germany prove to be as contagious as the Middle East’s protests, nuclear non-proliferation is soon to come.

” ‘The Fukushima accident ha[s] been a wake-up call,’ said Curd Knuefer, 26, a Berlin student” (Happe 2)

 


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