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Farmer, conservationist named as 2011 top social activists

Farmer, conservationist named as 2011 top social activists

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) A farmer and a wildlife conservationist were cited Thursday as Taiwan's top social activists for 2011. Hung Hsiang, a housewife and farmer in Miaoli County, and Tsai Chia-yang, a waterfowl conservationist based in Changhua County, were selected by a panel of judges based on their activism in the areas of civil rights and environmental protection. Earlier in the year, Hung led Miaoli farmers in a series of protests in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei against expropriation of their farmlands in Houlung Township. The lands were rezoned for acquisition by the county government as part of the development of a high-technology manufacturing park. Meanwhile, Tsai, who has been observing and protecting waterfowl on the Changhua coast for more than 20 years, was instrumental in staging protests against the construction of a naphtha cracking plant in the area. The demonstrations led to the central government's suspension of the project, which was scheduled for construction near the estuary of the Jhuoshuei River. It was estimated the plant would have produced up to 25 percent of the total carbon emissions in the country, depleted the water resources in the area and destroyed the wildlife in the surroundings. Hung and Tsai are civil leaders who stood up against unjust public policies and misguided measures, the judges said. The Top Social Activists Campaign was launched in 2010 to promote social activism. Hung and Tsai were selected among 38 candidates this year. (By Zoe Wei and Deborah Kuo)


Updated : 2021-07-31 11:26 GMT+08:00