- Posted April 28, 2014 by
Anti-Nuclear Protesters Occupy Downtown Taipei
More than 50,000 anti-nuclear demonstrators held a rally in Taipei yesterday to protest the country’s fourth nuclear power plant.
The demonstration, themed “Stop Nuke #4, Citizens Retake Power”, saw the protesters march from Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office to Zhongxiao W. Rd in downtown Taipei, with many laying themselves down on the ground to simulate nuclear defense exercises.
Taiwan’s ruling party, the Kuomintang, reached a consensus soon after the demonstration, promising that construction of the near-completed power plant in northern New Taipei City will be halted immediately, with the fate of the project to be determined by voters in national referendum.
The protesters, seeking a “termination” as opposed to a “halt”, have continued to occupy the street, paralyzing nearby traffic. They are demanding that the government make concrete promises about abandoning the problem-plagued project in earthquake-prone Taiwan, and also to reduce the threshold for national referendums. Current legislation requires the participation of more than half of Taiwan's eligible voters for a referendum to be valid.
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