Protests disrupt India’s nuclear energy plan

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KOODANKULAM, India — It is a protest that not only threatens the commissioning of the largest nuclear reactor in India but also could cripple the country’s plans to satisfy more of its growing energy needs with nuclear power.

For nearly 400 days, residents of fishing villages in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have demonstrated against a new seaside nuclear plant here. Thousands marched toward the site last week, chanting, “We don’t want nuclear power,” until police firing tear gas and brandishing bamboo canes beat them back.

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