Activists climb atop Brandenburg Gate

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Posted: May 29, 2011 10:38 AM
Activists climb atop Brandenburg Gate

Dozens of environmental activists have climbed on top of Germany's landmark Brandenburg Gate demanding a speedy end to the use of atomic energy.

The Greenpeace activists on Sunday unfurled an 60-foot (18-meter) wide banner on top of the Berlin monument that read "Every day of nuclear power is one too many."

Thousands of people demonstrated across Germany on Saturday demanding a speedy end to the use of atomic energy.

Japan's post-earthquake nuclear crisis has galvanized long-standing German opposition to nuclear power.

It prompted the government to freeze plans to extend the life of Germany's plants, order a shutdown of its seven oldest reactors and seek a quicker transition to renewable energy.