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Crowds protest nuclear power across the nation

PEOPLE POWER:From Taipei to Tainan, all ranks of society expressed their shared desire for a nuclear-free homeland and advocated renewable energy technology

By Sean Lin and Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter and staff writer

“Hopefully, through this device, people will understand that electricity is difficult to come by, that even after exerting so much strength, the electricity generated can only power so few household applications,” Lee said.

In southern Taiwan, led by a religious procession, about 10,000 protesters marched through downtown Tainan, demanding a nuclear-free homeland.

A local antinuclear organization called for the government to recognize the public sentiment toward abolishing nuclear plants nationwide, adding that it is the citizens’ right and obligation to fight for a green homeland and the freedom from nuclear fear.

Protesters headed by educators and parents from nearby Yunlin County also joined the rally in Tainan, saying they are fighting for the well-being of their children.

Meanwhile, about 100 antinuclear protesters amassed at four major crossroads in downtown Taitung County, calling for the government to remove nuclear waste from the county.

Activists performed a skit in which they pretended to bury the four nuclear plants in Taiwan.

Antinuclear activist and aboriginal folk musician Nabu said that the county has the potential to develop renewable energy, and Taitung citizens are firm on their antinuclear stance.

In outlying island Penghu, an antinuclear rally was joined by several environmental groups and Penghu County Commissioner Chen Kuang-fu (陳光復).

Protesters on bikes gathered in front of Taipower’s office to stage a demonstration, saying that they want to put an end to nuclear power and demand an aggressive energy policy reform.

A series of antinuclear protests were sparked soon after the Ministry of Economic Affairs listed the county’s Wangan Township (望安) among its two preferred locations for storing low-radiation nuclear waste in 2009.

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