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Folk musicians begin anti-nuclear power concert tour

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Aboriginal folk singer Panai performs at the Thinkers’ Theater in Taipei yesterday as part of a nationwide tour to promote a nuclear-free Taiwan.

Photo: Wang Yi-Sung, Taipei Times

Aboriginal folk musicians Panai and Nabu started a concert tour in Taipei on Thursday evening to share their anti-nuclear views.

The tour will take them to 50 independent coffee shops, book shops and small art performance spaces nationwide in the coming weeks.

They insisted on holding the 90-minute concerts at small venues because they want to be able to see their audiences to better communicate the dangers of nuclear power.

This approach aims to make the audience feel emotions, rather than filling their brains with data and debates, Panai said.

“There is no easy road to take, but the question is in which road you choose,” Panai sang to convey the duo’s hope for a nuclear-free homeland where people can live without fear of nuclear accidents.

Although more Taiwanese have expressed their anti-nuclear sentiment after the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in 2011, the government is still attempting to allow the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in Gongliao District (貢寮), New Taipei City (新北市), to go into operation and to build a final disposal site for low-level radioactive waste in Taitung County’s Tajen Township (達仁), they said.

Part of their message is that Tajen should not become the next Lanyu (蘭嶼, Orchid Island), where a temporary nuclear waste storage site is located.

“Taiwan must not become the next Fukushima either. We should give our children a homeland free from nuclear power,” she added.

Performing at Thinker’s Theater yesterday, they also invited representatives from the Yenliao Anti-Nuclear Self-Help Association and Northern Coast Anti-Nuclear Action Alliance to share their anti-nuclear views.

The concerts are planned to run until November.

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