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Groups to rally against nuclear plant

2014/04/27 14:17

On Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office, Saturday.

Taipei, April 27 (CNA) Anti-nuclear groups will hold a rally against the fourth nuclear power plant Sunday and have vowed to occupy the streets until the government responds to their demands.

The National Nuclear Abolition Action Platform said protesters will march from Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office to Zhongxiao West Road in front of the Taipei Railway Station, where they will lie down on the road as if taking part in a simulated nuclear disaster drill and occupy the road.

On their way to Zhongxiao West Road, they will march along Zhongshan South Road, Changde Street, Gongyuan Road, Xiangyang Road and Guanqian Road, according to the organizers, who comprise several groups, including the Green Citizens' Action Alliance and Citizen of the Earth.

The demonstrators are demanding that the government immediately halt construction of the fourth nuclear power plant in New Taipei's Gongliao District and decommission the existing three operating nuclear power plants, saying that otherwise, they will stage indefinite protests. They also called for lowering the voter turnout threshold for holding a national referendum on the fate of the fourth nuclear plant.

The existing guidelines for any referendum require the participation of more than half of the country's eligible voters for a referendum to be valid.

Thousands of police will be deployed to cope with the crowds, while security will also be stepped up around the Presidential Office, the Legislative Yuan, the Executive Yuan and other government agencies.

Anti-nuclear activists and the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have held a series of anti-nuclear demonstrations since Lin Yi-hsiung, a former DPP chairman, started a hunger strike April 22 to protest against the fourth nuclear plant.

(By Tsai Pei-chi, Hsu Chi-wei and Christie Chen; click here for the updated story)ENDITEM/J

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