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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Greenpeace protests at Turkey's nuclear power plant

Four Greenpeace members were detained here Friday after they climbed on top of Turkey's energy ministry headquarters to denounce plans to build the country's first nuclear power plant.

Three of the environmental activists suspended themselves from the top of the building in downtown Ankara, but did not manage to unfurl a giant banner reading "Nuclear power is a sham. The minister has no clothes" as the police and ministry officials intervened.

Fellow demonstrators outside the building brandished placards reading "No to nuclear energy" and "Don't trust the nuclear tales."

Overriding strong opposition from environmentalists, the energy ministry last month invited bids for Turkey's first nuclear power plant, to be built at Akkuyu, on the country's southern Mediterranean coast.

An earlier plan for a reactor at Akkuyu was scrapped in July 2000 amid financial difficulties and protests from environmentalists in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus.

Opponents raised safety concerns on the grounds that the proposed site was only 25 kilometres (15 miles) from a seismic fault line.

(Source: AFP)


Anonymous said...

I just read some on this and they are going to take bids next month for the plant. Hopefully Turkey starts building a bunch of reactors as they have a large number of people and as I understand have rising living standards so need more energy.


Alexandra Prokopenko said...

Countries of Turkey-size developing that quickly as Turkey does need nuclear power, I agree upon that. The problem with them is that they are just like Iran may be left with too little trust from IAEA and international community (US in particular), and therefore not allowed to get a peaceful atom reasoning it by the risk that they might get nuclear weapons instead. But Turkey does not seem to belong to the same "axis of evil" as Iran and North Korea do.