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Environmentalists back motion to topple Cabinet

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The Taiwan Environmental Protection Union (TEPU) yesterday released a statement seconding the no-confidence motion against the Cabinet initiated by opposition parties.

The legislature plans to hold the no-confidence vote initiated by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Taiwan Solidarity Union this morning.

The group said it supports the motion demanding that the Cabinet that refuses to face the truth and listen to the public opposition to nuclear power step down.

“Facing a Cabinet that is incapable of responding to the people’s will of terminating nuclear power, then the constitutional instrument must be applied for it to step down,” the group said in its statement.

The “mediocre, but evil” Cabinet has not only neglected the public’s opinion, but also undertaken many ridiculous actions that have harmed the public, it added.

The group cited several examples, such as the Cabinet turning a blind eye to the Formosa Plastics Group’s lawsuit against an academic, Tsuang Ben-jei (莊秉潔), which may have caused a chilling effect on other academics, planning to hold a “bird cage” referendum to allow the new nuclear power plant to go into operation, enforcing land expropriation to support an overabundance of science parks and possibly allowing local governments to arbitrarily make development plans by amending national land planning laws.

The group said that with its long-term determination to protect the natural environment, it strongly urges all legislators to use the constitutional instrument entrusted by the people to topple the Cabinet and protect the fundamental spirit of Taiwan as a democratic country.

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