Mon, Jan 05, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Lin takes anti-nuclear message south

RIGHT TO DECIDE Lin I-hsiung, a former DPP chairman, says a vote on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant would raise people's awareness that they are masters in their country

By Chiu Yu-Tzu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former DPP chairman Lin Yi-hsiung, left, and Kaohsiung Mayor Frank Hsieh distribute leaflets calling for a nuclear-free Taiwan at a market in the city's Tsoying district yesterday. Lin is pushing for a referendum on the fate of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, currently under construction.

PHOTO: CNA

Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman and staunch anti-nuclear activist Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) distributed flyers promoting his anti-nuclear stance yesterday.

Lin said people should express their opposition to the establishment of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant through a nationwide referendum because Taiwan already has abundant sources of power generation.

Lin said people's consciousness of being the masters of this land should be awakened.

"The referendum aims to awaken residents to the right to decide a common future on their own and to the responsibilities people living on this land should take," Lin said.

He said the referendum would be the first step to prevent Taiwan from facing a dangerous situation.

"The operation of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, which affects the safety of future generations, should be decided by the public," Lin said.

He said he visited Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and stressed that his stance on supporting a referendum on the plant would never change.

"I will keep my eyes on the follow-up actions to be taken by KMT," Lin said.

He said the referendum shows that people have the right to make decisions on major public policies. This right cannot be manipulated by any political party or political figure, he said.

Lin's promotion in Kaohsiung of building a nuclear-free country was supported by another former DPP chairman, Kaohsiung Mayor Frank Hsieh (謝長廷). Hsieh helped distribute flyers to passengers on the street in the city's Tsoying District.

"Reviewing all of Lin's efforts made on the promotion of a referendum, I truly admire his persistence," Hsieh said.

Hsieh said he has been dedicated to the anti-nuclear movement since 1986 and that the ongoing referendum campaign would eventually leave a democratic legacy for the country.

Last week, activists demonstrated in front of the legislature, saying a referendum should not be held in March without comprehensive preparation.

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