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Protest rally over Taiwan N-plant

About 2,000 protesters are demanding that Taiwan scraps plans to operate a newly built nuclear power plant and turn the facility into a museum to highlight the dangers of nuclear power.

The £4.1bn power plant in northern Taiwan is scheduled to start running in 2012 after years of delay amid political disputes about its safety.

Protest organisers say the recent nuclear disaster in Japan has cast renewed doubts on repeated government assurances over nuclear safety.

Organiser Liao Pen-chuan says densely populated Taiwan should opt for safer natural gas and renewable energy instead of nuclear power.

Taiwan's government has promised not to install fuel rods into the plant until it meets all safety requirements.

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