European Action Day to stop Lithuanian NPP project

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Action in Riga
Action in Riga
Action in Riga
Action in Riga
Action in Riga
flyer of the action in Berlin


text based on the petition:
Lithuanian politicians are trying to ignore citizens’ “No” to a new nuclear power plant (NPP), which was clearly expressed in a nation-wide referendum attended by 52,5 percent of voters with 62,6 percent voting against the new NPP on 14 October, 2012.

The referendum has caused a headache to Japanese American company “Hitachi-GE” which planned to sell their 5 billion Euros worth reactor to Lithuania after their nuclear projects have been stopped in Japan following the Fukushima disaster. “Hitachi” already declared they will make additional efforts to promote their nuclear business in Lithuania as if they didn’t realize the decision of the referendum.

Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite and the leaders of the major political parties talk about the further development despite the decision of the referendum. Despite the referendum was consultative (deliberative), its decision is legally binding and the Parliament is enforced to act on it by law within one month after the announcement of the results.

The new amendments to pro-nuclear laws are already prepared. We request Lithuanian politicians to accept the decision of the nation and act on it.


Contents

CALL FOR ACTION

Your solidarity needed to implement referendum result against a new NPP in Lithuania

Different groups from Lithuanian antinuclear movement call citizens of other countries to protest for democracy in Lithuania on November 5th.

On October 14, 2012 Lithuania had a referendum asking citizens whether or not they want a new nuclear power station in their country. More than half of the voters participated in the referendum and 62 percent of them said "NO". However, most leading political parties said they don't care what the nation decided. It would be unconstitutional to ignore people's decision to become a nuclear-free country.

We seek international support to pressure our politicians to implement the results of the referendum and shift energy policy towards sustainable solutions.

On the 5th of November, a protest is being organized by Zali.lt and Anti Atom Berlin in front of Lithuanian embassy in Berlin. Lithuanian antinuclear movement asks for your solidarity to organize protest actions the same day at Lithuanian embassy or consulate in your country.

We also call the civil society in Latvia and Estonia to protest against their governments' undemocratic position. The prime ministers of those two countries said they are waiting for Lithuanian government's decision regarding referendum result, instead of directly withdrawing from the project because of referendum result.

Please also sign a petition on Avaaz community petitions:

Republic of Lithuania Law on Referendum (Article 8):

Media coverage on the case:

More information on the issue:


Reports

Germany

Latvia

Latvian activity was organized by The Green Party and consisted of 2 parts: a picket and a putting of candles in remembrance of victims of nuclear accidents.

The picket started at 12.00 and lasted for ~ 1 hour, gathering 15-20 people. People from the Green Party were dressed in white protective garments and were holding posters with different slogans, such as "No Means No!", "It's Better To Be Active Than Radioactive", "People Have The Right To Make Decisions About Their Fate". Some posters were in Lithuanian, too.

Members of the Green Party said that embassy officials did not come outside, but contacted the police instead. One police unit came and asked activists to move farther because protests cannot take place closer than 50 meters from an embassy. However, the police officers were friendly and even admitted that they support activists.

The 2nd part of the activity started at 17.30. A big cross, made of cemetery candles, was set in front of the Lithuanian Embassy. Embassy officials showed no "signs of life" during this activity and no-one interrupted activists. When the cross was ready, they made a decision to leave the candles until the next morning. The person responsible for removal of the cross informed that when he arrived around 8 AM he found the cross absolutely unharmed with some of the candles still burning.

Russia

  • One-person rally at Lithuanian Consulate in St Peterspurg. Slogans "Against NPP construction in Lithuania", "Against NPP in the Baltics", "For Nuclear-Free Baltic"


Media coverage

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