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.
Lin told them that while his wife and daughter were saddened by his decision, they supported him, and he said he felt calm and at peace and firmly believed that what he is doing is good for the country.
Recalling that he staged a fast in 1994 for the same reason, Lin said he felt sorry that his efforts over the past two decades have not been able to dissuade policymakers from forsaking nuclear power, which he said was harmful to future generations.
In an April 17 announcement about his decision to begin the fast on Earth Day, Lin said the power plant involved 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)ENDITEM/ls
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