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Nuclear power protests heat up
On 19 December, four anti-nuclear power campaigners pleaded guilty to obstructing traffic at Hinkley Point in Somerset, in late November. Two days after their action, on 26 November, protestors blockaded the entrance to another planned nuclear power station site, Sizewell in Suffolk.
According to the department of energy and climate change, there are seven operational nuclear power plants throughout England, Wales, and Scotland, with at least eight ‘confirmed new sites’.
Campaigners in the UK also have their sights set on foreign nuclear power. The Stop Nuclear Power Network (SNPN) held a demonstration in London on 25 January in which they stood in solidarity with campaigners in Japan protesting about the Fukushima nuclear plant that had a meltdown in March 2011.