Sunday, July 1, 2012

Standoff at Atom Plant

Live from outside the Oi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui prefecture, Japan via USTWRAP (IWJ Oita) Ustream (Iwakamiyasumi)

Throughout the night and all morning, hundreds of protesters have been standing face to face with police and security guards at this intense, largely non-violent, rain-soaked protest outside the gates of the Oi atomic power plant in Fukui, Japan. The Oi plant is the first atomic power station slated for a restart after all of the country's nuclear power plants were taken off line for maintenance and safety checks following the disaster at the TEPCO nuclear facility in Fukushima. The Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO), the operator of the Oi reactor, says it will fire up the plant at nine o'clock tonight as planned.

Elsewhere: Temperature Climbing in Fukushima Reactor Pool

1 comment:

  1. Despite the various criticisms leveled against the police in Japan, I'm always amazed at the level of relative restraint they exercise at these kinds of protests (compared with the reaction of police in the US to past Iraq War protests, OWS actions, etc. and the behavior of police departments around the world, in general, to popular demonstrations).

    I'm sorry to say, but if this scene were to occur where I come from, I'd bet doughnuts to dollars that some peaceful demonstrator would have been hauled off to jail, pepper sprayed, tear gassed or maybe even shot with a plastic bullet or sawed off wooden dowel.

    I think there might be a very valuable lesson here for students of non-violence.