Almost 70 percent of elementary school students did not attend classes yesterday in Buan, North Jeolla province, as they and their parents joined in a protest against the construction of a nuclear disposal facility on Wido Island.
The Buan Educational Office said that 2,760 elementary students out of 4,043 in the area joined in the boycott.
President Roh Moo-hyun warned yesterday that the government will proceed with its nuclear waste-site project as originally planned if anti-nuclear protesters continue to use violence as a means of obstructing it.
"We should seek dialogue (with the local residents), but if such dialogue becomes impossible due to the extreme nature of their c..
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The Wido island development committee, made up of 170 residents of Wido island in Buan county, North Jeolla province, where the government plans to build a nuclear waste disposal facility, unveiled six demands to the government yesterday. The group also said it would be willing to hold negotiations about those demands for up to three months.
The so-called "Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY)" phenomenon is emerging in the Puan county, North Cholla Province, surrounding the construction of a nuclear dump site in the region. NIMBY refers to people's tendency to oppose any harmful or dangerous facilities in their neighborhood.
However, the people in the Puan county are also demanding..