Taiwan’s riot police have forcibly evicted anti-nuclear protesters refusing to give up on their demands for the government to scrap the country’s fourth nuclear power plant.
Despite a consensus by Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang to halt construction of the near-completed power plant in response to the 50,000-strong anti-nuke rally on Sunday, thousands of protestors continued to occupy the major thoroughfare of Zhongxiao W. Rd in downtown Taipei as they felt their demands had not been met. Under the orders of Taipei mayor Hao Lung-Bin, hundreds of riot police began removing protesters by force from around 3:30am on April 28.
Police beat protesters in the front line and fired two water canons aggressively at the crowds to clear the street before Monday’s morning commute. Protesters, young and old, male and female, expressed shock over the state violence, arguing that the evacuation violated the rule of proportionality given the peaceful nature of the protest, which was merely an attempt to get the government to listen to the will of the citizens.