Video: Anti-nuclear campaigners begin Stop Hinkley protest in Bridgwater
Source: This is Somerset
Anti-nuclear campaigners from all over Britain began a weekend-long protest in Bridgwater yesterday, against the proposed construction nearby of the Hinkley C nuclear power station.
The main aim of Saturday's rally was to raise awareness within the community that, should the project get the go-ahead from the government, Hinkley Point will become a storage facility for tons of high-level radioactive spent fuel for over 100 years and the threat that might represent to Somerset and the UK at large.
The protesters argue the country can meet its carbon reduction targets and keep the lights on, if the government were to commit the same level of resources to renewables rather than its proposed plan to build 10 new nuclear power stations by 2025.
The protesters will be attempting to scale the fences surrounding the Hinkley C site on Monday morning to scatter 577 seed balls on the ground as a symbolic reference to the number of days that have elapsed since the Fukushima Daii-chi nuclear disaster, arrests are expected.