Hundreds of thousands protest against nuclear energy across Germany
by Nicole Goebel

Over 200,000 protesters took to the streets in Cologne,
Berlin, Munich and Hamburg to pressure the government
into abandoning nuclear energy generation. The protests
add to the pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Around 210,000 demonstrators in Cologne, Berlin, Munich
and Hamburg vented their anger at the government’s
nuclear policy on Saturday, supported by Germany’s
umbrella union body, the DGB, as well as politicians
from the opposition Greens and Social Democrats.

Alarmed by the nuclear crisis in Japan, environmental
and religious groups as well as unions organized the
demonstrations, which kicked off in Cologne’s city
center, where nearly 40,000 people turned up to support
the cause.

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