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Greenpeace members detained during anti-nuclear protest in Ankara

ISTANBUL - Daily News with wires | 7/6/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Police detained a group of 58 Greenpeace activists during an anti-nuclear-energy protest in the capital city of Ankara on Tuesday, daily Radikal reported.

Police detained a group of 58 Greenpeace activists during an anti-nuclear-energy protest in the capital city of Ankara on Tuesday, daily Radikal reported.

Member of the environmental group gathered in front of Parliament to submit 170,000 signatures protesting the nuclear power plant that Turkey plans to build with Russian help. When they could not find someone to submit the signatures to, they launched a sit-in protest in front of the building.

After the one-hour protest, during which members of the anti-nuclear platform carried banners reading “No to the dirty nuclear deal,” “We do not want nuclear war” and “Turkey does not want nuclear,” security forces detained the activists for questioning and brought them to the Ankara Police Department.

Following the detentions, security forces removed the papers bearing the 170,000 signatures, which had been bundled together in approximately 20 parcels. Security measures in front of Parliament were also increased after the protest.

Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Commission passed Friday a bill approving an agreement signed May 12 between Russia and Turkey to establish a nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean village of Akkuyu, in Mersin province. According to the deal, a project company will be formed by Aug. 12 and the plant to be constructed in Akkuyu will be active for 60 years.

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