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Nuclear waste reaches German site
Nuclear convoy en route to Gorleben
The journey has been dogged by anti-nuclear protests
A controversial shipment of nuclear waste has arrived at Germany's Gorleben storage site after a journey marred by the death of a French environmentalist.

Thousands of protesters along the route forced the rail convoy of 12 containers to stop repeatedly before arriving at the site early on Tuesday.

The shipment of spent fuel rods left La Hague reprocessing plant in Valognes, northwestern France, on Saturday.

A protester died after being hit by the train in eastern France.

The 21-year-old had chained himself to the track before the train passed near the town of Avricourt, eastern France.

Anti-nuclear protesters say the containers holding 175 metric tons of atomic waste are unsafe.

Under agreements with Britain and France, Germany sends nuclear waste for reprocessing in both countries but is obliged to take back the resulting waste.

Police removed about 400 protesters who staged sit-ins on the two roads to the site at Gorleben early on Tuesday.

An estimated 11,000 German police officers were deployed to guard the cargo - the seventh to be returned to Germany since 1996.




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