EUROPE: Crusading Against the Atom

The demonstration was part picnic, part protest march and part folk festival. Nearly 10,000 people, carrying accordions, flutes, guitars and a fluttering forest of posters and signs, gathered for a "festival of life" at the small Italian town of Montalto di Castro, 80 miles north of Rome, the site of two projected nuclear-power plants. The protesters were an improbable mix: elegant members of the Italian nobility, radical students in American Indian garb, middle-class citizens and Christian Democratic and Communist politicians. They were determined to halt construction of the 2,000-megawatt nuclear complex...

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