In Japan, tens of thousands rallied near the crippled plant, demanding
an end to nuclear power as the nation held memorial ceremonies for a
disaaster that claimed almost 20,000 lives…. Around 16,000 people
gathered at a baseball stadium in Koriyama, some 60 kilometres (40
miles) from the plant.
Participants called for an end to nuclear energy in Japan and
compensation for victims from operator Tokyo Electric Power.
“Our town has turned out to be another Chernobyl,” Masami Yoshizawa,
who ran a cattle farm in Namie, 10 kilometres (six miles) from the
plant, shouted through a loudspeaker. “We are in despair now, but I
will get back my hometown even if it takes me the rest of my life.”
Demonstrators in France’s Rhone valley formed a human chain that
organisers said stretched for 230 kilometres (140 miles) and consisted
of about 60,000 people. The region has Europe’s highest concentration
of nuclear reactors, demonstrators said.
People have mobilized around the world to stop nuclear power. Here is a list of events being staged around the world. Here in the United States, there was an earthquake on the West Coast, Richter 6.9, reminding us that there will be earthquakes again, and again. So far there have been no immediate reports of damage. Perhaps it was just another warning shot across the bow, warning us to slow down and stop this nuclear madness before it is too late.