Sun, May 01, 2011 - Page 1 News List

Anti-nuclear rally draws legions

FLOWER POWER:Organizers said that at least 5,000 people joined the anti-nuclear protest in Taipei City, which was characterized by a carnival-like atmosphere

By Lee I-Chia  /  Staff Reporter

Their two-and-a-half-hour parade eventually led them to the Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard.

Two Japanese, Ono Saiko and Oga Ayako, who said they were forced to leave their homes in Fukushima Prefecture because of the nuclear crisis, joined the parade in Taipei and shared their thoughts with the crowd.

“The Fukushima nuclear crisis is still going on in Japan; we are not in the mood to find fault with the cause, but we are facing a problem of how are we to protect our next generation,” Saiko said.

She said that she hopes people in Taiwan can join forces with people in Fukushima and take nuclear problems more seriously.

Oga Ayako said she saw “hope and power” in the protest in Taipei, and hopes that the next time they are in Taiwan it will be a nation free from nuclear threats.

Organizers estimated that at least 5,000 people turned out for the protest in Taipei, but no police figure was immediately available.

Additional reporting by AFP and CNA

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