I read the Reuters article Thousands surround Merkel office in nuclear protest with some relief as it seemed that Germany might just accept the extended life of their nuclear power plants. Tens of thousands of Germans surrounded Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office Saturday in an anti-nuclear demonstration that organizers said was the biggest of its kind since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
Organizers said the protest drew 100,000 people and, near the start of the protest, police said there were close to 40,000 demonstrators, however, they declined to give a later estimate. Thankfully, the protest was peaceful.
Jochen Stay, one of the protest’s main organizers, said, “There’s not been such a big [anti-nuclear] demonstration in one place since 1986. We’ve made it very clear today that a broad majority of the population is against this nuclear cult.”