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Taiwan Halts Construction at Nuclear Plant after Protests

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Activists shout slogans during an anti-nuclear rally in Taipei April 27, 2014.

Activists shout slogans during an anti-nuclear rally in Taipei April 27, 2014.

Officials in Taiwan say all construction will be halted at the island's fourth nuclear power plant outside the capital, Taipei, after tens of thousands of anti-nuclear protesters marched through the city to demand the move.

The ruling Nationalist Party yielded to pressure from the demonstrators on Sunday after they broke through a police cordon and took control of a busy eight-lane intersection.

Protesters say they are worried that another nuclear power plant could increase the likelihood of a nuclear crisis like the one at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant when it was hit by a tsunami in 2011.

Like Japan, Taiwan is located in the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is frequently hit by earthquakes.

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