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Thousands rally for end to nuclear Taiwan

Published on Mar 8, 2014 5:33 PM
 
Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear demonstration in Taipei on March 8, 2014. Tens of thousands marched in Taiwan Saturday to call for an end to nuclear energy on the island, ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima atomic disaster in Japan, organisers said. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Tens of thousands marched in Taiwan Saturday to call for an end to nuclear energy on the island, ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima atomic disaster in Japan, organisers said.

In Taipei, protesters held placards and flags painted with slogans such as "No Nuke, No more Fukushima" and "No Nuke, Save Taiwan" as they marched the streets of the capital in the rainy cold weather.

Worries about Taiwan's atomic facilities have grown since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011, crippling a nuclear power plant in Fukushima.

Protest organisers demanded the government immediately halt construction of a new nuclear power plant and remove nuclear waste from an offshore islet, while moving to stop using nuclear energy altogether, said Liu Hui-min, a spokeswoman for the National Nuclear Abolition Action Platform.

 
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