Friday, January 26, 2007

NIMBY Gets Militant

Cell phone tower construction leads to shootout, one dead:
Gunfire broke out Thursday between police and protesters opposed to construction of a cell phone tower south of Giza, and one man was killed and 20 people were wounded, authorities said.

Several thousand residents of Kafr Turk, a town about 19 miles south of Cairo's twin city of Giza, had gathered to protest an attempt by Orascom Telecom _ the owner of the MobiNil cell phone company operator in Egypt _ to erect the tower in the area.

The angry residents were afraid that exposure to electronic signals from the tower would cause health problems.

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