Mon, Mar 21, 2011 - Page 1 News List

Demonstrators say ‘no’ to nuclear

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff Reporter

Hung told the Taipei Times she had never been to any demonstrations, but decided to come out this time because she was scared by what has happened in Japan.

“I want to show my concerns over safety of nuclear energy, nuclear power plants are too dangerous,” she said.

Lee said they brought their children with them “because this issue also concerns their future.”

The march departed from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall at about 2:30pm and ended with a rally outside the Legislative Yuan in the evening.

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who has said he wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2025 and then halve that figure by 2050, said last week that the nation’s nuclear power policy would proceed unabated though he ordered a safety review for the plants.

Electricity generated by the three operational nuclear power plants accounts for 20 percent of the nation’s power supply.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY AFP

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