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Today 6/11/11: Anti-nuke rally in NYC (and report on rallies in Japan)

Today, in New York City, you can attend an anti-nuke rally,
in solidarity with Japan:

June 11th, 1PM
at Tompkins Square Park
(9th Street and Avenue A, New York, NY 10009)
For more info, email: 311newyork at gmail dot com

There are lots of reports of the anti-nuke protests in Japan on Twitter. There are images from the Japanese protests at youtube. One example (in Japanese):  video here.

(excerpt from) MontrealGazette.com
Japan marks three months since tsunami with protests

TOKYO — Japan on Saturday marked three months since its massive quake-tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis, amid simmering public frustration over the government’s slow response to the catastrophe.

Thousands of people staged anti-nuclear rallies in Tokyo and other cities as radiation continued to leak from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, some 220 kilometres northeast of the capital.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan, under heavy pressure to step down, visited part of the disaster zone where 23,500 people were killed or are still unaccounted for while 90,000 others remained holing up in crowded shelters.

Several thousand demonstrators, some carrying placards reading: “We don’t want nuclear power plants” marched past the head office of the Fukushima plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, in a rally organized online by the Japan Congress against Atomic and Nuclear Bombs…

“It is time to shift to renewable energy sources,” Greenpeace director Kumi Naidoo told a rally at Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park before they took to the streets holding sunflowers and gerbera daisies.

Media reports said that around 100 anti-nuclear events were staged nationwide, including in the western cities of Osaka and Hiroshima, which was devastated by a U.S. atomic bomb in 1945…

A 20-kilometre exclusion zone has been enforced around the Fukushima nuclear plant, which emergency crews hope to bring into stable “cold shutdown” between October and January.

Environmental and anti-nuclear group Greenpeace called on Japan this week to evacuate children and pregnant women from Fukushima town, about 60 kilometres from the stricken plant, because of what it said was high radiation.

Since the disaster, Japan has raised the legal exposure limit for people, including children, from one to 20 millisieverts per year — matching the safety standard for nuclear industry workers in many countries.

In the wake of the disaster, Kan has said resource-poor Japan will review its energy policy, including its plans for more nuclear reactors, while making solar and other alternative energies new pillars of its energy mix.

Another story from the Irish Times is: here.

A good place to stay up-to-date on nuclear energy information is NIRS

5 Responses

  1. Funny. Not one mention of Iran. Good to see Greenpeace has its’ priorities right. Then again The Chernobil desaster has given the world one of the finest untouched national parks. I suppose greenpiece is hoping for more like it.

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