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Anti-nuclear protest march scheduled for March 14

Anti-nuclear protest march scheduled for March 14

Taipei, March 1 (CNA) A national anti-nuclear alliance calling for energy reforms is set to hold a protest march around Taiwan on March 14 to mark the fourth anniversary of Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. Stop Nukes Now (????????), formed by 126 anti-nuclear organizations, announced that the march will take place simultaneously in Taipei, Kaohsiung and Tainan to convey people's hope for the government to abolish nuclear power and reform Taiwan's energy network. The protest is aimed at expressing opposition to extend the life of Taiwan's existing nuclear power plants -- which are scheduled to be decommissioned between 2018 and 2025 -- and call for the start of an energy revolution. The march in Taipei will start from Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office, proceed along Zhongshan South Road, Gongyuan Road, Zhongxiao West Road and Chongqing South Road before returning to the boulevard where an evening gathering will be held. Taiwan currently generates nearly 20 percent of its electricity from nuclear power at three plants around Taiwan, but opposition to nuclear energy grew sharply after reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant melted down following a massive earthquake and tsunami. That opposition was galvanized as the government prepared to put a fourth nuclear power plant in northeastern Taiwan into service, and tens of thousands of people protested against the plant in a rally organized by the Green Citizens' Action Alliance and 150 civilian groups in March 2013. A nationwide nuclear abolition march was again held on March 8, 2014. Lin Yi-hsiung (???), former chairman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, also began a hunger strike at around that time calling for the fourth nuclear power plant project to be terminated. The government was eventually forced to stop work on the plant and its two reactors, which was close to completion. (By Zoe Wei and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-19 06:09 GMT+08:00