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Anti-nuclear protesters stage Taipei blockade

Published on Apr 27, 2014 7:22 PM
Anti-nuclear protesters occupy the road in front of the Taipei's main station during an anti-nuclear demonstration on April 27, 2014. Thousands of protesters staged a sit-in near the presidential palace in Taiwan's capital to oppose a controversial nuclear power plant and show support for a high-profile activist on hunger strike. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Tens of thousands of protesters broke through a police cordon to block one of the busiest streets in Taiwan's capital on Sunday as they called for a new nuclear power station to be scrapped.

Chanting crowds gathered in the square outside the presidential palace where protesters had already been staging a sit-in which started on Saturday and lasted through the night.

Shouting "Stop construction of a fourth nuclear power plant!", demonstrators marched to nearby Chung-shiao West Road - an eight-lane artery where the main railway station is located - and swarmed through police lines to occupy the street, bringing traffic to a halt.

Around half an hour later, the outnumbered riot police, who had offered no resistance, retreated from the middle of the road to wild applause and cheers from the crowd, an AFP reporter on the scene said.

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