More than 10,000 demonstrators protested in the German town of Lueneburg on Saturday in anticipation of shipments of reprocessed nuclear waste from France to Germany that begin today. Transport of the waste, which originated from German nuclear reactors and was sent to a French reprocessing center in the 1990s, was suspended in 1998 when officials detected leaks in some containers. Officials from the two countries approved resumption of the shipments this year, promising to tighten safety precautions. Protesters are expected to occupy sites along the route; 15,000 German police are on alert to avoid a repeat of violent clashes that occurred in the ’90s.

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