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Activists set March 14 for anti-nuclear rallies

Activists set March 14 for anti-nuclear rallies

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – This year’s major anti-nuclear rallies will take place on March 14 in three cities, activists announced Tuesday.
Over the past few years, most major anti-nuclear events in Taiwan have been scheduled around March 11, the date in 2011 when an earthquake hit off the coast of Northeast Japan, causing a tsunami and eventually a disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
On Saturday March 14, anti-nuclear activists will take to the streets of Taipei, Kaohsiung and Tainan in simultaneous events to mark their opposition against nuclear energy, organizers said.
According to a poster advertising the marches, the protests will focus on the fight against an extension of life for Taiwan’s three existing nuclear plants. Over the past years, the action concentrated on preventing the government and the Taiwan Power Corporation from completing the fourth nuclear plant in Gongliao, New Taipei City.
After last year’s protests, which were fired up by a hunger strike by former Democratic Progressive Party chairman and long-time anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-hsiung, the government gave in and made promises not to start up the two new reactors.
However, Taiwan still has two plants nearby and one in Pingtung County which are still operating. One of the suggestions to make up for the loss of the fourth plant is to extend their usage beyond originally planned closing dates.
The organizers of this year’s events said it is not only necessary to fight the re-emergence of nuclear energy, but also to emphasize the development of sustainable alternatives.
The Taipei march will start and finish at Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office Building and will pass by the Legislative Yuan, organizers said.


Updated : 2021-09-28 11:32 GMT+08:00