Former DPP head to launch fast to protest nuclear plant

04/15/2014 09:30 PM
Former DPP Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung (left) in a sit-in in the Legislative Yuan March 29.
Former DPP Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung (left) in a sit-in in the Legislative Yuan March 29.

Taipei, April 15 (CNA) A former chairman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will launch a hunger strike April 22 in protest over the continuing construction of the fourth nuclear power plant, according to a statement issued Tuesday.

The fast, which was originally scheduled to take place March 24, was delayed for almost a month because of the student-led occupation of the Legislative Yuan to protest against the trade-in-services pact with China, said Lin Yi-hsiung.

The hunger strike will take place at a church in Taipei, he said.

Now it is time to stop the nuclear dispute, which has lasted for more than 30 years in Taiwan, Lin said.

More and more people realize in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011 that the core of the issue is not the energy itself but the lives of people living in the vicinity of the plant, Lin said.

The government should listen to the voices of the Taiwanese people and abolish the construction plan, he said.

Construction of the plant began in 1999 but remains incomplete, due partly to Taiwan's changing political climate, in which advocacy of nuclear power is highly unpopular.

(By Lin Meng-ju and Maia Huang)ENDITEM/J

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