In Spain, three thousand demonstrators marched through the streets of the northern city of San Sebastian on Sunday (22 April), to protest against the construction of a nuclear power station.
GV Demonstrators marching through San Sebastian with banners.
SV & CU Marchers in streets. (3 SHOTS)
LV Police on street corner PAN TO marchers.
GV Demonstrators passing by.
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Background: In Spain, three thousand demonstrators marched through the streets of the northern city of San Sebastian on Sunday (22 April), to protest against the construction of a nuclear power station. Left-wing political parties had called for a week of anti-nuclear demonstrations throughout Spain, aimed particularly against the new plant close to Bilbao. Opponents maintain it is being built too near a large population centre.
SYNOPSIS: The protest in San Sebastian was peaceful, although in Pamplona police removed demonstrators who staged a sit-in at the town hall. The plant near Bilbao has been the target of earlier demonstrations. Last year two workers died when a bomb planted by the Basque separatist group, ETA, exploded at the site.
Concern over safety standards at Spain's nuclear power station has been expressed by experts from the country's Nuclear Energy Council. The experts warned that the risk of accidents was higher than in the United States. Three nuclear plants are operating in Spain, while another three are nearing completion.