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The incursion into Electricite de France SA’s Bugey site “demonstrates the vulnerability of nuclear installations to a threat of an air attack,” Greenpeace said today in a statement.
The pilot threw a smoke bomb onto one of the reactors, it said.
After their spectacular rubber dinghy stunt at the G-8 summit Thursday, Greenpeace Friday took their campaign to the air -- but were brought down to earth with a thump by the authorities.
The environmental organization attempted to fly over the summit venue at Heiligendamm in a hot air balloon, but were forced to land by police helicopters after just 10 minutes in the air. In a reference to the climate change agreement reached Thursday, the banner that the balloon was carrying bore the image of a rubber stamp saying "failed" over the Greenpeace slogan "G-8 Act Now." Both of the activists in the balloon were taken into custody by police and the balloon was confiscated.
Meanwhile Greenpeace accused the police of using excessive force during Thursday's water protest when six Greenpeace activists were injured after police rammed two of their boats. They have suggested that the police brush up their boat skills so that nobody gets hurt in the future. "We have offered the police training in using rubber dinghies and how you can push away boats without endangering human lives," said Karsten Smid from Greenpeace. The six casualties have in the meantime been released from hospital.