Thousands join anti-nuclear protest - Taipei Times
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 - Page 1 News List

Thousands join anti-nuclear protest

NO NUKES:The Green Citizens’ Action Alliance, one of the hosts of yesterday’s protest, said it was the start of a sit-in that would last until the government responds

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Kuo Ching-lin (郭慶霖), chief executive of the Northern Coast Anti-Nuclear Action Alliance, said Taiwan’s northern coastline has beautiful natural scenery, but there are already two unsafe nuclear power plants along its 85km coastline, producing highly radioactive spent fuel that will remain dangerous for tens of thousands of years, and still the government does not ask the public’s opinion when making nuclear policies.

Gongliao Anti-Nuclear Self-Help Association chairman Wu Wen-chang (吳文樟) said he and his neighbors can see the chimneys of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant from their homes and have lived in fear for the past 30 years, but while public opinion is in favor of halting operation of the power plant, the government still insists on going against the people.

Music by Hakka singer-songwriter Lo Sirong (羅思容), Hakka folk singer Lin Sheng-xiang (林生祥) and iconic Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese) folk singer Chen Ming-chang (陳明章) were performed between speeches.

Tsuei told the crowd that although they applied for a protest parade to take place today, the police had already blocked roads and encircled government buildings with barbed wire and barricades, so they would perform a civic non-cooperation movement of occupying an intersection during the parade.

After the main rounds of speeches ended, the event continued into the night with discussion sessions, screenings of documentaries and an overnight sit-in protest.

Anti-nuclear events, including more discussion sessions and the protest parade, are planned for today on the boulevard.

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