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Belarusian Protesters Seek To Stop New Nuclear Power Construction

ASTRAVETS, Belarus -- Protesters against the construction of a nuclear-power plant in the western Belarusian town of Astravets are seeking approval to hold a demonstration on December 27.

The protest organizing committee has requested permission from town authorities to hold the meeting, but a similar request was denied in the fall.

Committee leaders Mikola Ulasevich and Ivan Kruk told RFE/RL's Belarus Service that "the construction of a new nuclear power plant on the territory of the Narach-Vileyka National Park will appear to many as putting a new 'Chornobyl hole' on Europe's map."