Baltic Sea Info Tour/Copenhagen

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Copenhagen impression
Banner action in front of the parliament
"Nuclear Death" and "Nuclear Waste" posing at the Danish parliament
Street theatre in the city center of Copenhagen
Police checks announcement of the rally

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Tour Stop in Copenhagen

Denmark is a nuclear free country and has never had nuclear power plants (except one research reactor, Risö, which is closed now). There was an active anti-nuclear movement around the Organisationen til Oplysning om Atomkraft (OOA). In 2000, OOA dissolved itself (prematurely) after the Swedish government promised to close Barsebäck NPP. Unfortunately it seems that the formerly strong anti-nuclear movement of Denmark disappeared mostly, while the threat of nuclear power has not disappeared. The Danish population is actually the one mostly affected by the radioactive pollution from the Baltic Sea and by the emissions and threats connected to the nuclear facilities in the neighbour countries.

Our stop in Copenhagen focussed on the issues of the radioactive contamination of the Baltic Sea (officially the most radioactive sea in the world!), the threats caused by nuclear facilities in our region and particularly the insane Swedish (and Finnish) plans to bury their most radioactive waste in tunnels below our ocean! Renewable energies as well as energy saving is the alternative to nuclear and fossile electricity generation.

The Baltic Sea Info Tour was in Copenhagen 3 days, from July 30 - August 1. We provided a public street action here.


Local contact

Per Hegelund (See: http://www.bsrrw.org for lots of relevant documentation!)


Travel Schedule of the Copenhagen Stop

  • Thursday (Jul 29): travelling from the previous stop in Greifswald to Copenhagen
  • Friday - Sunday (Jul 30 - Aug 1): STOP in Copenhagen
  • Monday (Aug 2): travelling to the next stop in Malmö


Report

Accomodated well in Christiania, the participants of the Baltic Sea Info Tour were ready to start Copenhagen stop.

In Copenhagen we had one street action. We started with a small parade that had a stop in a local square. Our goal was the Danish Parliament and the Swedish embassy. The parliament was happy to welcome the Nuclear Death and our Nuclear Waste barrel inside, so we assume that they don’t actually care about nuclear industry’s plans to poison the Baltic Sea with the proposed disposal sites in Finland and Sweden. Actually Denmark benefits from the fact that Sweden and Finland are not developing their windpower industry. Denmark is nuclear industry free, but it still should push other countries to come to the same decision.

At the parliament we met some activists from the Danish NGO “Peace Watch”. They’ve been having a vigil near the parliament since October 19, 2001 when the war in Afghanistan started. They come there every day at 10am and stay till 6pm without holidays and in any weather. That is a great work and needs enthusiastic volunteers.

After that we went to Swedish embassy and wanted to remind them not to use our common sea for their nuclear waste. Unfortunately, police asked us to have our protest in a children’s playground. That was really good because kids loved Finnish Nuclear Waste so much! Playground was right in front of the embassy. At the same time the Nuclear Death was giving out flyers and searching for the Finnish embassy that was located somewhere near.

So we had a really nice time and people were truly excited. Many people we talked with did not know about radioactivity in the Baltic Sea and asked what they can do. We need to push the Danish government to make them use their legal right to object to these Swedish and Finnish plans. That should be the main goal for Denmark and also to any other country around the Baltic Sea, like Latvia and Germany…


How to find us in Copenhagen

we met in Christiania on Thursday, the 29th in the afternoon/evening in the street in front of "the Cinema" (“Byens Lys”) in Fabrikken and in front of "Indköberen", the local groceryshop (both are within eyesight of each other). People usually hang out there and talk ... Fabrikken, first floor upstairs is where we were staying the following three days. A good active house...

About finding Christiania (CA from now on) - everybody knows where it is! If you walk out the main entrance from the Central train Station (towards Tivoli) - on your right hand, closest to the big street, busses from the Central Station will get you all the way there: bus 66 drives to CA - or just jump on bus 2A and get off after you pass the parlament and the big bridge, at Christianshavns metrostation - and walk the last 150 meters, down to Christiania. You pass a nice tall church with a spiralled tower..! (If you’re on bus 66 get off first stop after this church). You’ll see a big building plastered with posters, and then a wooden fence plastered with graffity – that’s where you enter Christiania, autonomous free town of the world!

If you have any problems – call me: (+45 for Denmark) 53 33 14 66 - I’m the problem cruncher and coordinator for the stop in Copenhagen. Per (PS. If you ask for me in Christiania, use my nickname: "Valiant")


Other Information about the Copenhagen Stop

  • DO NOT start taking photos inside Christiania! Not before meeting the coordinator and getting advise about when and where and how to go about it - or your film, your camera and even you yourself may be immidiately destroyed by the people in the street!!!



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