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Anti-nuclear protest marches to kick off islandwide March 9

2013/03/08 19:40:04

Taipei, March 8 (CNA) Anti-nuclear activists around Taiwan will take to the streets Saturday, calling for the termination of the controversial fourth nuclear power plant project and the rejection of nuclear power.

The "Nuclear Go Zero" parades will take place in Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Taitung in northern, central, southern and eastern Taiwan respectively, according to the Green Citizens' Action Alliance, the civic group that initiated the protest.

More than 22,000 people have sent text messages to endorse the nuclear power plant abolishment movement, a spokesman for the alliance said Friday, estimating that the march in Taipei will draw the participation of over 30,000 people.

According to notification on the alliance's Facebook page, the participants in the Taipei parade are scheduled to begin gathering at 2 p.m. on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office, while the demonstrations in Taichung, Kaohsiung and Taitung will start at 1 p.m.

In addition to the planned parades, a "Stop Nukes" evening rally will be held on Ketagalan Boulevard beginning at 6:30 p.m., which will be followed by an all-night vigil in which the participants will stay up until the sun rises.

Early the following morning, a "No Nukes No more Fukushima" flag-raising ceremony will be held as a symbol of the public's determination to push for the scrapping of the Longmen Nuclear Power Plant -- the official name of the No. 4 plant.

Most of the heavyweights of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), a long-term anti-nuclear campaigner, will take part in the parades. They include Chairman Su Tseng-chang, former chairpersons Tsai Ing-wen, Frank Hsieh and Yu Shyi-kun, and former Vice President Annette Lu, DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng said.

The party has encouraged its members to attend the parades but has advised them not to carry any flags showing their political stance, Wang added.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)