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Cyprus activists protest Turkey's planned nuclear plant

  • An anti- nuclear sign is seen on a placard during a protest by Greek and Turkish Cypriots as they gather inside the U.N buffer zone at Ledra checkpoint, in the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Greek and Turkish Cypriot activists formed a human chain across Cyprus’ ethnic divide to protest Turkey’s planned nuclear power station that they say poses real dangers to the nearby east Mediterranean island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    An anti- nuclear sign is seen on a placard during a protest by Greek and Turkish Cypriots as they gather inside the U.N buffer zone at Ledra checkpoint, in the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Greek and Turkish Cypriot activists formed a human chain across Cyprus’ ethnic divide to protest Turkey’s planned nuclear power station that they say poses real dangers to the nearby east Mediterranean island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A girl holds a placard with an anti-nuclear sign during a protest inside the U.N buffer zone at Ledra checkpoint, in the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Greek and Turkish Cypriot activists formed a human chain across Cyprus' ethnic divide to protest Turkey's planned nuclear power station that they say poses real dangers to the nearby east Mediterranean island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A girl holds a placard with an anti-nuclear sign during a protest inside the U.N buffer zone at Ledra checkpoint, in the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Greek and Turkish Cypriot activists formed a human chain across Cyprus' ethnic divide to protest Turkey's planned nuclear power station that they say poses real dangers to the nearby east Mediterranean island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man holds an anti-nuclear placard, left, as another holds a candle during a protest at the Ledra crossing point inside the U.N buffer zone, in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Greek and Turkish Cypriot activists formed a human chain across Cyprus' ethnic divide to protest Turkey's planned nuclear power station that they say poses real dangers to the nearby east Mediterranean island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A man holds an anti-nuclear placard, left, as another holds a candle during a protest at the Ledra crossing point inside the U.N buffer zone, in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Greek and Turkish Cypriot activists formed a human chain across Cyprus' ethnic divide to protest Turkey's planned nuclear power station that they say poses real dangers to the nearby east Mediterranean island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

Greek and Turkish Cypriot activists have formed a human chain across Cyprus' ethnic divide to protest Turkey's planned nuclear power station, which they say poses real dangers to the nearby east Mediterranean island.

About 100 activists linked arms Wednesday across the 70-meter U.N.-controlled buffer zone between the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and the internationally recognized south in the medieval heart of the capital, Nicosia.

Turkey plans to build the Russian-made plant in Akkuyu, 56 miles (90 kilometers) from Cyprus' northern shoreline.

Turkish Cypriot activist Murat Kanatli told the Associated Press there are serious concerns about nuclear waste disposal, the nuclear plant's impact on marine life as well as its vulnerability to regional seismic activity.

He said Turkey's current political turbulence and the specter of terrorism adds to those concerns.