arrests as 30 protesters scale perimeter fences at Hinkley Point
people were arrested during a mass trespass at Hinkley Point power
station, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Monday (October 8th).
Stop New Nuclear Alliance said around
30 people had managed to get over the perimeter fence while three
had attached themselves to the fence with locks and a further
20 had blocked the main gate.
than 50 police officers guarded the power station as a weekend
of action against the government's plans to build a third nuclear
reactor, Hinkley Point C, were held.
EDF Energy, which runs Hinkley Point, says the turnout of protesters
was low and it added that it has the support of the majority of
local people because the proposed plant will bring jobs and economic
However, members of Stop New Nuclear Alliance attacked the EDF
its nature, a mass trespass involves the very real possibility
of arrest and many people have commitments that prevent them from
taking part," said spokesperson Camilla Berens.
"However to have 50 people who were prepared to put their
liberty on the line was truly impressive and even the largest
campaign groups would be hard pressed to top that number."
have successfully blockaded the main entrance to Hinkley Point
on two occasions in the last year and now we have accomplished
a mass trespass. Our message today is that we will continue to
raise the game with peaceful protest until our voice in heard."
those attending the protest was Natalie Bennett, the new leader
of the Green Party, pictured above.
protest was also held in Bridgwater on Saturday, as featured here,
when barrels made to look like nuclear waste were rolled through
planning permission is granted, EDF says Hinkley Point C could
be operational by 2020, providing enough energy for five million