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Thirty-two nuclear protesters detained in northern Turkey

Thirty-two nuclear protesters detained in northern Turkey
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Turkish police on Saturday detained 32 protesters, including 29 foreigners and three Turks, in the northern province of Sinop during a peaceful protest against plans to build a nuclear power plant near a Black Sea port city. The protesters posed as dead bodies on the ground to warn the people about what they consider the dangers of nuclear power plants.

Police broke up the protest in front of the governor’s office and took the protesters to a police station, claiming the protest was not authorized.

 

The detained included at least two American citizens and several German and French, along with other European nationals, Niklas Hartmann of European Youth for Action, an environmentalist group told the AP.

 

The group has been camping near Sinop since Aug. 9.

 

"The Turkish state seems to be very afraid of their citizens learning how dangerous nuclear power is. That is why authorities do not tolerate any protest," Hartmann also said in a statement. "We are seriously concerned about the denial of freedom of speech in Turkey."

 

Turkey has announced plans to build a nuclear plant near Sinop after the construction of its first nuclear power plant near the Mediterranean port city of Mersin.


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