Atlantic Flotilla joins Greenpeace ship in Cherbourg
Philippe Marechal from the Akela joined Greenpeace campaigners and the captain of the Greenpeace ship Esperanza for a press conference in Cherbourg today.
The Atlantic flotilla is beginning to gather in Cherbourg preparation for the pending weapons-grade plutonium shipment from the United States. The Greenpeace ship Esperanza has also arrived at the French port of Cherbourg to await the arrival of shipment. The Esperanza will be at sea to support the Atlantic Nuclear Free Flotilla yachts which are planning to demonstrate against the deadly nuclear shipment.
Expected to arrive soon in Cherbourg, the cargo of 140kg of plutonium oxide will then travel 1000km over land to the Cadarache nuclear complex, near Aix en Provence. There it will be fabricated into experimental plutonium nuclear reactor fuel (2) before being shipped back to the U.S. next year.
"The US and France are unnecessarily threatening international security and the environment. There is no conceivable justification for this transport" said Greenpeace International campaigner Shaun Burnie at the press conference.
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