Local regent supports demonstration against Muria nuclear plant

Detik.com – June 12, 2007
Protest against Muria nuclear power plant (Tempo)
Protest against Muria nuclear power plant (Tempo)

Triono Wahyu Sudibyo, Kudus – Thousands of people in the Central Java town of Kudus have again demonstrated against the contraction of the Muria nuclear power plant (PLTN) which they believe will endanger lives in the future.

The action, which was held by the Muria Worker and Social Alliance (AMBM) who gathered at the Kudus Simpang Tujuh Square on Tuesday June 12 also received support from Kudus Regent M. Tamzil.

The protesters, who came from various parts of Central Java, began arriving at the square at around 10am. During the action AMBM members brought a number of banners and posters with messages demanding that the PLTN project be terminated. The hot weather did not dampen their enthusiasm.

A platform measuring 6x5 meters was setup in the middle of the town square and used as a musical stage. During a speech, Regent Tamzil said that he can understand local people’s objections and promised he would convey this to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The action, which was held in the center of Kudus, disrupted the flow of traffic and a number of traffic police were deployed to overcome the problem. (djo/nvt)

[Translated by James Balowski.]