Footage of the blockade at Ohi nuclear plant

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July 5, 2012 by SCNCC

Activists blockaded the Ohi nuclear plant in Japan’s Western Fukui Prefecture last weekend, in an attempt to prevent Japan from restarting its first reactor since the triple meltdowns at Fukushima-Daiichi on March 11th of last year. Protesters set up camp on the remote road leading to the plant’s entrance. For two days, banging drums and chanting, they squared off with police. The plant’s operator, Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO), was forced to take staff into the plant via boat. On more than one occasion police tried to break apart the blockade but demonstrators linked arms and held there ground. Then on Sunday evening, the authorities went all out and dished out some Zuccotti-style repression.

Ohi is back online, but who can say how much longer the premiership Yoshihiko Noda will be, with 70% of the Japanese public against the restart.

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