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Anti-nuclear activists to stage protests around Taiwan

2012/03/07 21:22:28

Taipei, March 7 (CNA) Anti-nuclear civic groups will hold protests in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung March 11, the first anniversary of Japan's nuclear crisis, the organizers said Wednesday.

The "Bidding Farewell to Nuclear Power Parade" will be held simultaneously in the northern, central and southern municipalities, with nearly 100 organizations expected to take part, said Tsuei Su-hsin, a spokeswoman for the organizers.

She noted that they wish to achieve four goals through the protests: decommissioning the existing three nuclear power plants as soon as possible; stopping construction of the fourth nuclear plant in New Taipei; removing the low-radiative nuclear waste stored on Orchid Island off the coast of southeastern Taiwan; and carrying out energy-saving policies and reining in the growth in electricity consumption.

At a press conference held by the organizers, Japan-based Taiwanese writer Liu Li-erh spoke of her experience of fleeing her home in Tokyo amid the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in northeastern Japan last year.

"Taiwan could never survive a nuclear disaster," she warned.

Ageing nuclear power plants, irresponsible officials in the government and the state-run Taiwan Power Company, and geographic conditions are all potential threats that could trigger a nuclear disaster in Taiwan, she said. (By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu)