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Austrian demonstrators halt power plant project at forest

Thousands of demonstrators, forming a human wall, prevented site clearance work Monday for a hydroelectric power plant only hours after the work had started, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. Police were told not to use force against the demonstrators and work was halted.

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The demonstrators say the plant, near Hainburg, will destroy one of Europe's last primeval forests and have demanded that clearing work on the site be halted pending a referendum next March.