Taiwan President Tsai and ex-Premier Lai to attend anti-nuclear marches

Date chosen to mark Chernobyl anniversary

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Activists handing in endorsements for a new nuclear referendum.

Activists handing in endorsements for a new nuclear referendum. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Both President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and former Premier William Lai’s (賴清德) will attend anti-nuclear marches planned for Taipei and Kaohsiung Saturday (April 27).

The organizers invited politicians and government leaders to attend the events, and both the president and the premier, who are both running to become the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s presidential candidate in the January 2020 election, have accepted the invitation, the Central News Agency reported Wednesday (April 24).

The DPP government initially set 2025 as the deadline for Taiwan to become a nuclear-free nation, though one of several referenda held last November overturned that plan. The party leadership decided last week to encourage all its leaders and members to take part in the marches.

Previous anti-nuclear events usually took place in March to mark the anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, but this year the marches and rallies were moved to April on the occasion of the 33th anniversary of Chernobyl, organizers said.