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Taiwan uses water cannon to disperse anti-nuclear protesters

Published on Apr 28, 2014 1:10 PM
Police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators protesting the construction of a fourth nuclear plant, in front of Taipei Railway station in Taipei on April 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan police on Monday used water cannon to dislodge hundreds of overnight sit-in demonstrators demanding the scrapping of a nearly completed nuclear power plant, one of the most controversial issues to have gripped the island for 30 years.

Tens of thousands of anti-nuclear demonstrators blockaded one of the busiest streets in the capital on Sunday, forcing the ruling Kuomintang party to yield and halt construction work at the plant.

This concession by the government led to a large number of demonstrators leaving the area, but hundreds remained, prompting police to use water canon to disperse the crowds on Monday morning.

Claiming they were attacked, club-waving riot police officers chased some protesters. The police also carried away some sit-in protesters lying on the ground.

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