Riot Police behind them but around the entrance of nuclear plant, it's like a carnival = July 1 around 9am : Photo by Ryusaku Tanaka
The offense and defense between people against restarting Ôi nuclear power plant and Fukui Prefecture Police entered the second day. Around 9pm tonight The No.3 Reactor of Ôi nuclear power plant is scheduled to be restarted (put off the control rod and set up the fission reaction of uranium fuel). The side of the police have to let Seishu Makino (the Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry) come inside the site. The protesters want to stop the Vice Minister. There's a tense atmosphere around the entrance of Ôi nuclear power plant. People came to backup the protest by watching the live broadcast (like IWJ Live channel) of the little war between protesters and riot police which has started last evening. There's a line longer than 500m composed of cars with license plates from other prefectures on both the prefectural road and the town road. Cars from Kagoshima, from Nagoya, etc…Despite the dirty weather with fat drops of rain which continues, in front of the entrance of the nuclear plant, there's about 500 people (at 9am). In a rhythmic pace of percussions, people were chanting slogans "Saikadô Hantai!" (Oppose to restart the nuclear power plant) which echoes all around. It's like an atmosphere of carnival.
People who came to backup the protest set up a picket. This is where the riot police's column stayed yesterday. =July 1 around 8:30am at the entrance of Ôi nuclear power plant :Photo by Ryusaku Tanaka
"If Ôi nuclear power plant restarts, all nuclear plants in Japan will restart. It was impossible for me to contain myself" said excitedly a housewife who came from Kyoto last night. The riot police stays without getting ostensibly too close but in fact they are running along the mountain road and they took the position to control the protesters from behind. PM Noda's Office will motivate the police to let Makino, the Vice Minister, entering inside the site for their repetition. The tense situation will come to a head this afternoon.
Courtesy : Ryusaku Tanaka
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