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Taiwan Quick Take: Protesters defend Winkler

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

Environmentalists protested against KMT Legislator Chen Ken-te (陳根德) yesterday for his attack on Robin Winkler, a lawyer and environmentalist. On Oct. 26 Chen attacked Winkler in the legislature's Transportation Committee, saying he wasn't qualified to be the convener of the Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment and that he "can't even read Chinese." In response, Winkler issued a statement noting that he had become a citizen of the Republic of China in 2003, had lived in Taiwan for 30 years and was fluent in Mandarin. "Chen's criticism was a personal attack, and he should apologize," Taiwan Environmental Protection Union deputy secretary-general Pan Han-chiang (潘翰疆) said. The protesters said that Chen disliked Winkler because his environmental activities had offended the backers of several development projects that Chen is involved with.

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