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Protests urge 'no' vote in Lithuanian nuke ballot

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Oct. 10, 2012, 1:32 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

Greenpeace activists attach a banner on the bridge across the Neris river, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. The banner reads, "Nuclear plan is dangerous, say NO". Dozens of anti-nuclear protests have gathered in the Lithuanian capital to urge voters to say 'no' to plans for a new atomic power plant. Activists from Greenpeace led Wednesday's demonstration, hanging a large banner on a bridge spanning the Neris River in downtown Vilnius, the Baltic nation's capital.
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VILNIUS, Lithuania — Dozens of anti-nuclear protests have gathered in the Lithuanian capital to urge voters to say 'no' to plans for a new atomic power plant.

Activists from Greenpeace led Wednesday's demonstration, hanging a large banner on a bridge spanning the Neris River in downtown Vilnius, the Baltic nation's capital.

Lithuania is holding a nonbinding referendum on Sunday to gauge the level of popular support for a new nuclear facility.

Supporters say a new plant will ensure energy independence from neighboring Russia, while critics say the project is far too expensive and uses unproven technology. The plant would be built by Japan's Hitachi consortium.

A poll conducted in May suggested two-thirds of Lithuanians oppose the idea of a new atomic power plant.

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