Title: Dodewaard gaat dicht '8, een fotoverslag
Photographer(s): Various photographers
Writer(s): Jan Banning, Gerlo Beernink, Anthony Fairley, Hansj Overvliet, Ger Peeters, Harrie Timmermans, Johan van de Woestijne
Publisher(s): Onderstroom/NFK, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Size: 23 x 24 cm
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: The Netherlands,1981
Dodewaard is a village in Gelderland, where a nuclear power plant was in operation from 1969-1997. In the period 1980-1984, this led to regular actions and protests by the anti-nuclear movement (AKB) . The action groups wanted the closure of the nuclear power plant. Their main arguments were: the unsafety of nuclear power plants, the relationship between nuclear energy and nuclear weapons, and radioactive waste pollution. In 1980 and 1981 there were two big blockades.
The first in 1980 was a non-violent blockade. If the nuclear power plant did not close before 1 October, the Gelderse Stroom Groups threatened to blockade Dodewaard. The 'Dodewaard-close-down!' movement managed to mobilise more than 10,000 people.
The second in September 1981 wasn't certainly a non-violent action!, Dodewaard was blocked for the second time. The situation was radically different from the first blockade: the Piersona Nijmegen riots had taken place in the meantime and violent conflicts between activists and riot police had also occurred in Amsterdam. The situation was already explosive and the blockade was getting out of control. 120 protesters remained 3 Second Dodewaard blockade.