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Taiwan Nuclear Protesters Dispersed With Water Cannons

Police in Taiwan fired water cannons on Monday to disperse hundreds of anti-nuclear protesters.

Taiwanese protesters occupy a busy street to demand halting construction of a fourth nuclear power plant and ending the use of nuclear power, in Taipei on April 27.

Tens of thousands of people had gathered on Sunday before the government announced it would halt construction pending a public vote.

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Police in Taiwan fired water cannons on Monday to disperse hundreds of protesters refusing to give up their campaign.

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The protesters had been occupying a main Taipei boulevard since Sunday, demanding the government scrap plans to begin operation of Taiwan's nearly completed fourth reactor.

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Taiwan sits on the so-called ring of fire region of seismic activity around the Pacific Ocean. Many of the island's residents are alarmed at the prospect of an earthquake triggering a disaster like the one at Fukushima in Japan that followed an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

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A protester grabs the hair of a police officer during the demonstration on April 28.

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Hundreds of protesters remained through Monday evening and police used water cannons to clear them out.

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A police officer sprays a fire extinguisher over cooking oil covering the road outside Taipei Railway Station after anti-nuclear demonstrators were removed from the area in Taipei on April 28.

— Reuters contributed to this report

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