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Protesters Face Water Cannons to Bring Halt to Nuclear Plant via Common Dreams

Police in Taiwan shot water cannons on anti-nuclear protesters Monday following a weekend in which the power of throngs of demonstrators brought the construction of a controversial plant to a halt.

On Sunday as many as 50,000 protesters poured into Taipei’s streets, blockading thoroughfares and calling for Taiwan’s fourth nuclear power plant to be scrapped. Its slated home is New Taipei City, the most populous city in the seismically active state.

Public pressure against the plant was aided by a hunger strike undertaken by former opposition leader and anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-xiong, who said he was forced to take the measure because authorities had refused to heed overwhelming public opposition to the plant.

The ruling Kuomintang party announced later Sunday that it was suspending the $9.4 billion Nuke 4, located in the northeast corner of the Taiwan.

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