Jiang said that if the county government planned to open roads in the area, “decisions will be made at another time,” while insisting that the Executive Yuan will continue communicating with the county government and the residents over the issue.
“The Executive Yuan has maintained the same stance on the issue, which is for the county government to handle it according to the committee’s decision. There are no changes or U-turns of government policy and there will be no immediate demolition of any houses because of the decision,” he said at a meeting at the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) headquarters in Taipei.
Wu yesterday said the government will resolve the dispute and accused local media of distorting his words.
“I said three years ago that we hoped all the houses could be left intact on the site, but I also said the government will compensate families whose houses must be demolished ... Some media coverage has failed to present the whole truth,” he said.
Meanwhile, responding to yesterday’s inconclusive meeting, the Taiwan Rural Front (TRF) accused the government of being “irresponsible” and “dysfunctional.”
TRF researcher Chen Ping-hsuan (陳平軒) said that although the Executive Yuan had urged the county government to act according to the results of previous negotiations and regional planning meetings, this was not straightforward.
“There were different conclusions at different meetings. Shouldn’t you [the central government] at least tell the county government which to follow?” he asked.
He added that activists would not give up their resistance and would start organizing 24-hour patrols near the four houses.
Additional reporting by Loa Iok-sin