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Clashes erupt at naphtha cracker

Clashes erupt at naphtha cracker

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Clashes erupted between environmentalist protesters and police outside the sixth naphtha cracker in Yunlin County Saturday.
More than 300 residents of the area and of neighboring Changhua County showed up outside the petrochemical complex in Mailiao Saturday to protest against the pollution caused by the factories, and against high levels of cancer among the local population.
Protesters wanted to take a document expressing their views through the main gate of the Formosa Plastics Group complex, but were stopped by police. As a result, scuffles broke out between the two sides, with pushing and pulling and shouting of expletives, media reported.
Most of the protesters were environmentalists who had launched the action as part of a nationwide move against air pollution Saturday.
The protest in Yunlin was joined by former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Shih Ming-teh, who recently announced an independent presidential bid, and by former Yunlin County Magistrate Su Chih-fen. Shih said that as long as Taiwan’s rather special relationships between politicians, officials and corporations were not broken, the situation would not improve.
Earlier this month, local politicians called attention to the fact that over the past five years, the facility had only been fined once despite widespread doubts about the levels of pollution in the Mailiao area apparently caused by the sixth naphtha cracker.


Updated : 2021-09-29 01:10 GMT+08:00