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Ex-DPP chief begins fast to push for scrapping of nuclear plant

2014/04/22 11:51:35

Taipei, April 22 (CNA) Former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung began a fast Tuesday to highlight his demand that Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant be scrapped before it produces its first kilowatt-hour of electricity.

Accompanied by his supporters, Lin arrived at his former Taipei residence, which was converted into a church after his mother and twin daughters were killed by unknown assailants in 1980.

He was greeted by a crowd of supporters and journalists at the location.

In an April 17 announcement about his decision to begin the hunger strike on Earth Day, Lin said the power plant involves more than just electricity production, calling it a matter of life and death.

Lin, who has long opposed nuclear power and pushed for a nuclear-free country, urged his fellow countrymen to press the government to stop work on the nearly completed plant.

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party and other pro-independence groups have responded to his appeal and have vowed to back his request.

Nuclear power currently accounts for about 20 percent of Taiwan's electricity production.

The fourth nuclear power plant was expected to fill part of the gap in power generation when the country's three operating nuclear power plants are decommissioned between 2018 and 2025.

(By Maubo Chang; click here for the updated story, and here for stories before the debate on nuclear power was recently rekindled.)