Gwent campaigners in nuclear site protest

PROTEST: Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset

PROTEST: Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset

First published in Gwent news

CAMPAIGNERS from Wales took part in the Mass Action at Hinkley Point in Somerset calling for a halt to nuclear energy expansion.

CND Cymru vice-chairman Ray Davies, from Bedwas, and Paul Ralph, from Cwmbran, who campaign non-violently to rid the world of nuclear weapons, said they entered the proposed construction site at Hinkley nuclear power station in Somerset at 4am yesterday.

They managed to get through the fences to spread wildflower seeds.

Altogether about 30 protesters entered the site, displaying banners, and six people have been arrested.

The protesters are against plans to build new nuclear reactors next to the existing nuclear site at Hinkley, just 14 miles from Wales across the Bristol Channel.

CND Cymru vice-chairman, Ray Davies speaking before the mass trespass, said: “It is time we called a halt to this nuclear nonsense.

I have seen for myself in Belarus the horrific ongoing effects of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in 1986 – nuclear can never be the way forward.

“It is time for our government to think differently and intelligently. Let’s reduce our consumption, not get ourselves further into this nuclear mess.”

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