Greenpeace stages anti-nuclear spectacle in Spain

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A month after the nuclear accident in Fukushima in Japan, Greenpeace marked the accident on Monday by projecting spectacular anti-nuclear images and messages on Spanish reactors.

In huge luminous letters, it projected "Never Again Fukushima" and "Nuclear Danger" on the sides of Spain's six nuclear power plants as well as an image of the head from Edvard Munch's masterpiece "The Scream" transformed into a nuclear symbol.

The environmental organisation said it wanted "to draw attention to the dangerous functioning" of the plants.

It noted that Spanish nuclear power plants have an average age of 29 years and are "suffering serious safety problems."

The oldest of these, at Garona in the north of the country, has been operational since 1971 and has "major corrosion problems on several parts of its core," Greenpeace Spain said in a statement.

A Spanish environmental umbrella group, Ecologists in Action, has described Garona as the "twin" of Fukushima.

Spain's government said last month it would review security measures at all its nuclear power plants in the wake of the disaster in Japan.

Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero vowed during general elections in 2004 and 2008 to gradually phase out nuclear power when the lifespan of the country's six nuclear plants expired.

But he has since softened his stance, and in July 2009 the government said it would extend the operating licence for the Garona plant for another two years until July 2013.

© 2011 AFP

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