21st Century Wire says…
French nuclear moguls Areva SA are now designing two nuclear reactors in the southern Chinese city of Taishan. Now, thousands of people took to the streets this week in Lianyungang in the northeast of China, to protest against the other Areva nuclear project there.
So far, the Taishan projects about about 3 years behind schedule, and the Lianyungang projects could face delays too.
The specter of Fukushima looms large over this story as well, as the Chinese public begin to learn about the devastation in neighboring Japan.
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Photos and videos on social media show crowds of people shouting slogans and waving banners.
“There were several thousand people,” a hotel worker told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“Building a nuclear waste processing plant in Lianyungang is a recipe for disaster for future generations, local people have a right to express anger,” another witness said.
Pictures also show demonstrators surrounded by police. A local resident identified as Xu described “clashes between police and protesters.”
Rumors have emerged that one of the activists was beaten to death. Police have denied those reports, and also said that officers have not clashed with demonstrators.
The protest was staged over an agreement between French nuclear fuel group Areva and China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC), which took place in 2012. The companies agreed to build a reprocessing facility in China, but didn’t elaborate on the location.
But Lianyungang residents fear the plant will be constructed in their city, as China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) is currently building a nuclear object nearby, AFP reported…
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