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India nuclear protesters wade into sea to escape police charge

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Residents, protesting against the Russian-built Kudamkulam nuclear plant, march towards the plant at Kudamkulam, Tamil Nadu state, India, on Sept. 9, 2012. Activists argue that Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster showed that such plants are vulnerable to natural disasters.

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Police chase demonstrators during a protest near a nuclear power project in Kudankulam on September 10, 2012.

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Police detain a demonstrator during a protest near a nuclear power project in Kudankulam on September 10, 2012.

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Policemen baton charge residents protesting against the Kudamkulam nuclear plant on Sept. 10, 2012. State officials said Indian police fired at protesters near the nuclear power plant being constructed in southern India, killing one person.

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Police stand near a demonstrator as she cries during a protest near a nuclear power project in Kudankulam on Sept. 10, 2012.

Reuters reports — Indian riot police fired tear gas to break up thousands of protesters on a beach near the country's largest nuclear power project, due to fire up within weeks despite months of opposition.

Demonstrators waded into the crashing waves or escaped in fishing boats as hundreds of police advanced, television images showed. Rocks were thrown at police and several injuries were reported on both sides.

Some 4,000 activists, mainly women and children from fishing villages, had camped on the beach about a mile from the Kudankulam power station to complain about the threat of radiation from the plant near the southern tip of India. Read the full story.

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