Activists in Turkey, Cyprus protest Turkish plans to build nuclear plant

ISTANBUL — Activists in Turkey and Cyprus on Saturday protested against Turkish government plans to build the country’s first nuclear reactor.

Turkey has reached a deal with Russia’s Rosatom agency for the construction of a nuclear plant in Akkuyu, in the Mediterranean coastal province of Mersin. It is also holding talks with Japanese companies for a second plant on the Black Sea coast.

Environmental groups warn that since Turkey is prone to earthquakes, building nuclear plants would be too dangerous, especially since a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami caused a nuclear havoc in Japan.

In Istanbul, hundreds of demonstrators marched along a pedestrian street holding up banners that read: “Don’t let Akkuyu become Fukushima,” in reference to the troubled Japanese reactor. In Mersin, some 1,000 people demonstrated, holding up a symbolic coffin marked: “Radiation kills,” the Dogan news agency reported.


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