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Protests back anti-nuclear hunger strike

PARTICIPATION:Although protests can inconvenience the public, anti-nuclear activists must continue because the government never seems to listen, a civic group said

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

“Nuclear power issues have become a problem of ‘democracy,’” she said.

Northern Coast Anti-Nuclear Action Alliance chief executive Kuo Ching-lin (郭慶霖) said the government is used to deceiving the public, never allowing the public to have a say on nuclear power policies, including when the operating nuclear power plants were constructed in his hometown.

The groups also said that no country using nuclear energy has yet developed a safe disposal method for spent nuclear fuel, so it follows that Taiwan, as a small island nation, should not be generating electricity atomically at all if it has no way to store nuclear waste safely.

They urged the president to abort the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant project and retire the nation’s three operating nuclear power plants as scheduled, while also calling on him to return the decisionmaking power to the people by amending the Referendum Act to lower its threshold.

Shouting: “Safety inspection is dead, return the life of democracy,” and throwing leaflets in the air, the anti-nuclear protesters pushed toward the KMT headquarters building, saying that “if the KMT does not respond to them, they will push their demands forward.”

The advancement sparked minor verbal and physical clashes between the activists and the dozens of police officers encircling them.

The scuffles settled down shortly after Hung asked the protesters to take a step back and announced that if the government does not give them a satisfactory response by today, they will join the protest on Ketagalan Boulevard on Saturday.

Lin’s campaign is also drawing support outside Taipei.

In New Taipei City, several activists showed their support for Lin by holding a sit-in protest in front of the New Taipei City Government building, while in Haulien City, activists announced that they would hold an anti-nuclear evening event at a public square every night until Lin’s fast is over.

In Yilan County, unknown anti-nuclear advocates scattered apple snail shells in front of the KMT’s branch headquarters and hung an anti-nuclear flag on the wall.

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