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Austrian chancellor shelves plans to clear dam site

Austrian Chancellor Fred Sinowatz, under intense pressure from environmentalist protesters, has shelved plans to clear a controversial hydroelectric dam site at Hainburg, on the Danube.

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Some 2,000 conservationists have been camping at the site to prevent what they regard as the destruction of the Auwald, one of Europe's last primeval forests. A nationwide movement has demanded a referendum to decide if the Hainburg dam should be built at all.