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Irish protesters chose the 16th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster Friday to bombard Prime Minister Tony Blair and Prince Charles with postcards demanding the closure of Britain's Sellafield nuclear plant.

"Sellafield has the potential to be 80 times the size of the Chernobyl accident," leading protester Ali Hewson, wife of Irish rock star Bono, told reporters after personally handing in a postcard at Blair's Downing Street office in London.

In the world's worst civil nuclear disaster, Chernobyl exploded on April 26, 1986, and its radioactive contamination was blamed for thousands of deaths in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, and for a huge increase in thyroid cancer.

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