Sun, Dec 28, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Lin leads silent protest in Taipei

By Lin Chieh-yu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) yesterday led members of his anti-nuclear group in a silent protest in front of the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) central headquarters, demanding that the party honor its promise to carry out legislative reform as well as support a national referendum on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

It was the third time that Lin had visited the KMT during the past two weeks to seek the party's cooperation with the ruling DPP.

On Friday, Lin went so far as to state that to achieve their goal of having the newly passed Referendum Law amended to halve the number of legislative seats and establish a nuclear-free nation, his supporters may soon resort to radical measures, including hunger strikes and even self-immolation in extreme cases.

On Lin's previous two visits to the party's headquarters, KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) has presented himself to exchange words with Lin.

Yesterday, however, it was the deputy chairman of the party's administrative and management committee, Lin Yong-rui, who appeared to receive the complaint. The group was expected to leave KMT headquarters at about 5pm yesterday.

Lin and members of the Committee for a Public Referendum on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant visited the KMT's headquarters on Dec. 12 and Dec. 18 in peaceful demonstrations which won the KMT's support, forcing Lien to state that he would support a referendum over the plant.

During yesterday's demonstration, members of the committee walked around the KMT headquarters, singing, "I love Taiwan." They said that the Public Referendum Law had five major faults and demanded that KMT legislators quickly rectify the problems and restore the people's rights.

"Taiwan will be drowned in chaos. That politics and politicians are reduced to using sweet talk to assume power, only then to forget about the people's approval, will be a major reason for this. The process of approving and passing the Referendum Law proves the extent to which this bad habit has taken hold," the statement said.

As far as the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant is concerned, the committee said that the opposition parties must revert to their former agreement for a non-nuclear nation and work together for a legislative resolution that, "There will always be electricity and that until a final depository for nuclear waste has been found, nuclear power will cease to be developed and a non-nuclear family will be established."

If the Legislative Yuan cannot pass such a resolution, then all political parties must agree to put it to a referendum.

Lin Yong-rui said that the committee's position would be relayed to the highest levels of the KMT for their immediate attention.

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