Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... Stop Nuclear Power Network vs British Energy

Protesters: Stop Nuclear Power Network
Target: British Energy
Location: Sizewell Nuclear Power Station, Suffolk
Date: 23 to 26 April

The lowdown

More than 50 protesters held a four-day camp on the beach near Sizewell Nuclear Power Station to campaign against nuclear power on the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. The camps included workshops, a demonstration, a tour of the proposed site for the new reactor and commemorations for Chernobyl Day.

- Why the protests?

Both Labour and the Tories plan to push ahead with a new generation of nuclear power stations, starting with Hinckley in Somerset and a third reactor in Sizewell. The network argues that 'nuclear power is plagued with problems and is a false solution to climate change'.

- How did British Energy respond?

A spokesperson for EDF Energy, which incorporates British Energy, said the firm had been in regular contact with the police throughout the weekend: 'Although we respect the rights of individuals to peaceful protest, we are sympathetic to the pressure these events can place on the local community, with whom we have strong links.'

- How did the media cover it?

Local news site EADT24 covered the story sympathetically, focusing on quotes from one of the organisers who claimed that the camp has helped forge links with residents. The Morning Star also covered the story sympathetically.

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