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Activists announce anti-nuclear event in New Taipei City

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

A group of anti-nuclear power activists that had set off on a relay walking journey around the nation on Oct. 10 yesterday arrived in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Linkou District (林口), and announced that an anti-nuclear music event is to be held on Saturday.

The activists began their journey from the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮).

The activists said their walk was aimed at publicizing their slogans: “Halt the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant construction immediately and oppose lawmakers who support nuclear power” and “Get rid of nuclear waste to protect future generations.”

On the 70th day of their journey yesterday, the group began their walk at a park in Linkou that is planned to be used for the construction of an athletic village for the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei.

The group said they wanted to do more than just express their opposition to nuclear power plants: They also wanted to show support for the group of Linkou residents who are trying to save the old trees in the park from being cut down to make space for the planned construction project.

Calling the project “black-hearted” because an estimated NT$17.1 billion (US$576 million) construction budget is at stake, they said: “We strongly urge freezing the budget and preventing the destruction of the forest, and terminating the plan of spending nearly NT$20 billion for a grandiose but impractical black-hearted village.”

The Northern Coast Anti-Nuclear Action Alliance meanwhile said that as the relay walking group is scheduled to reach Kuosheng Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Wanli District (萬里) on Saturday, they are to hold a music event titled “No Nukes, Long Play,” at Jinshan Fishermen’s Association in the evening and members of the public are welcome to attend for free.

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