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No let-up as DPP podium sit-in stretches to day three

ENTRENCHED:DPP lawmakers have cleared their diaries as they aim to occupy the legislative floor for six days to thwart efforts to pass a KMT nuclear referendum proposal

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Anti-nuclear demonstrators hold placards while sitting in front of police officers outside the legislature in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: AFP / Mandy Cheng

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday continued their occupation of the legislative floor, the third day of a planned six-day action to boycott a vote on a national referendum on the controversial Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in Gongliao District (貢寮), New Taipei City (新北市).

The DPP have demanded that the government halt construction of the plant immediately in response to the findings of various surveys that show more than 70 percent of the pubic are opposed to the plant.

Due to the high threshold required for a referendum to be valid, the question asked in the referendum — “Do you agree that the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant should be halted and that it not become operational (你是否同意核四廠停止興建不得運轉)?” — has been seen by some members of the opposition as a deliberate tactic by the government to ensure the referendum motion fails and construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant continues.

DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said DPP lawmakers have all canceled their scheduled itineraries in constituencies until Tuesday because “we must do our utmost to stop the vote.”

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is hoping that the motion on the proposed referendum will clear the legislature before the new legislative session begins next month to prevent the “seven-in-one” local elections, slated to be held nationwide at the end of next year, from complicating the referendum issue.

KMT caucus whip Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) said KMT lawmakers will check on the situation inside the legislative building from time to time according to a shift roster.

“We will try to recover the speaker’s podium if we have a chance,” Lin said.

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