Temelin protests started in 2000 from the side of Austria. There had been some resistance in Bohemia (Czech Republic) in 1996 and 1997. -Between 2000 and 2006, the plans to build up Temelin nuclear power plants caused strong protests in Austria: opponents of the Temelin nuclear power plants, which are located in Bohemia some 50 km from the Czech-Austrian border, blocked border crossings and otherwise protested in many ways. On one occasion in 2006 the activists hindered traffic with some ten tractors parked at the Wullowitz-Dolni Dvoriste crossing. Austria is a nuclear-free country , and many of its citizens opposed the launch of the new power plants at Temelin. Such protests had started in 2000 when it was reported that Austrian environmental activists blocked the highway not far from the Czech-Austrian border for several hours in protest against the Temelin nuclear power plant in South Bohemia. Around forty activists blocked the highway 500 metres from the Wullowitz-Dolni Dvoriste border crossing, and blocked traffic for several hours. The issue ofTemelin strained relations between the Czech Republic and Austria, which is a nuclear-free country. In 2000 there were much stronger protests, and the Austrian prime minister had given support to the border blockade. . Austrian protesters demanded that the Temelin plant be shut down immediately and would maintain their blockade for five days..The head of the campaign against the Temelin plant, Josef Purdingher, said he was not satisfied with the results of talks between the Austrian and Czech governments. Austrian environmentalists insisted (in 2000) that the plant should be shut down immediately until the safety inspection takes place. The Czech authorities say the Soviet-designed plant complies with European safety standards and expect it to be working at total capacity within four months.. Austrian demonstrators had blockaded the main crossing points on the border with the Czech Republic for over a week, when Temelin began operations in 2000. They blocked up to 15 crossings, prompting Czech calls for EU intervention to guarantee freedom of movement. .