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Anti-pollution protests planned for June 6

Anti-pollution protests planned for June 6

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Environmental groups will stage protest rallies against air pollution in several towns in Central and Southern Taiwan on June 6, reports said Friday.
Over recent weeks, with a drought followed by heavy rains, there have been reports that the air quality, particularly in the South, fell to worrying levels.
The government should concentrate on the production of more environmentally friendly forms of energy, the protest organizers said.
June 6 will see environmentalists take to the streets of Changhua, Puli in Nantou County, Touliu in Yunlin County, Chiayi City, Tainan and Kaohsiung, reports said. The aim is to provoke more public interest in the seriousness of air pollution in the country.
At least five legislators from both the Kuomintang and the Democratic Progressive Party came out in support of the protests at a news conference at the Legislative Yuan Friday morning. The government should not rely on the threat of power cuts and economic contraction to intimidate the public but should focus on the search for more environmentally forms of energy, lawmakers said.
Taiwan has been the scene of massive protests against nuclear energy over the past decades, with a hunger strike and marches last year leading to the government issuing a halt on construction of the fourth nuclear plant on Taiwan’s north coast.


Updated : 2021-09-24 01:55 GMT+08:00