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Call for Protests Against New Belarus Nuclear Plant

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Autonomous Operation, an interregional anarcho-communist association, is calling for protests against the construction of a new nuclear power plant in Belarus. The group plans to participate in the annual “Chernobyl Way” procession on April 26 (the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster) in Belarus.

Fearing their demonstration will not be enough, the group requests international support in the form of actions held across the world on April 26, 2009. The purpose of these actions should be to help people learn about the issues surrounding the construction of the Belorussian nuclear plant.

Belarus received more radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster than any other country. Despite opposition, the Belorussian government and President Aleksandr Lukashenko plan to build a new nuclear power plant in Ostrovetskaya near Lake Naroch, the largest lake in Belarus. Russia’s Rosatom is set to manage the construction, which is expected to cost approximately $5-6 billion.

Construction of the Ostrovetskaya Nuclear Power Plant is expected to begin in early 2009. The facility is expected to house two 1,000 MWt reactors to be put into operation in 2016 and 2018. Once operational, the plant is expected to provide up to 15% of the country’s electricity.

Two more reactors could be built in Belarus, with operations beginning around 2025.

Unfortunately, this call for action is probably too late. The Belorussian government hopes to start construction on the new facility this month. If this happens, the protests will occur three months into construction - that is, if the protests even occur. After all, we are talking about Belarus, which is far from being a true democratic state.

Autonomous Operation Call for Action

Protests in Hungary - Mark Anniversary of 2006 Riots

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Protests occurred in Hungary last week, marking the one-year anniversary of riots after a recording of a speech in which Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany admitted to lying was made public. Gyurcsany admitted to lying in a private, profanity-laden speech at a Socialist Party function. The lies, hiding the bad state of Hungary's economy, were made to help win the April 2006 general election. After winning the election, Gyurcsany and the Socialist Party passed economic reforms that will cost citizens at least one additional month's salary.