6 Green mayors, magistrate petition to save Lin Yi-hsiung
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-04-22 10:39 AM
Yilan County Magistrate Lin Tsung-hsien and five other DPP mayors and county magistrates presented a petition Monday to "rescue Lin Yi-hsiung and halt the project," calling for an end to construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant so that Former DPP chairman Lin Yi-hsiung will not need to carry on his hunger strike in protest of the nuclear site.

The petition was signed by Lin along with Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, Tainan City Mayor William Lai, Yunlin County Magistrate Su Chih-fen, Chiayi County Magistrate Helen Chang and Pingtung County Magistrate Tsao Chi-hung. KMT mayors and magistrates across the island were also approached to sign the petition, but none has yet responded.

Speaking for the Green leaders, Lin Tsung-hsien noted that Lin Yi-hsiung’s life has been immeasurably saddened by events like the Kaohsiung Incident and the loss of his mother and twin daughters, and he carries a heavy burden from the suffering and wounds brought by history in Taiwan. Yet he has resolved to show his opposition to the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant through a hunger strike, hoping that his action will draw attention to the danger nuclear power poses for Taiwan. For this reason, said the Yilan County magistrate, the six Green leaders signed the petition calling for the government to take prompt action on the Fourth Nuclear issue in order to forestall Lin Yi-hsiung's planned fast and protect him from possible danger.

Magistrate Lin pointed out that parts of Yilan County lie in the danger zone around the site of the nuclear power plant. Thus Lin Yi-hsiung is not the only person whose life is affected by the project, but he has chosen to sacrifice his health if needed to draw people's attention to the safety issues surrounding nuclear power plants. ,

DPP chairman Su Tseng-chang stressed Lin Yi-hsiung’s age during a meeting with Premier Jiang Yi-huah Monday to discuss the issue of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant. Su noted that Lin has a "70-year-old body, he could not survive longer than a few days" in a protracted hunger strike. Jiang said during the meeting that he is willing to visit Lin Yi-hsiung and exchange views with him on energy issues including the question of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

Jiang said afterwards that Lin is a widely respected political figure from an oder generation who has made great sacrifices for the sake of Taiwan's democratic movement, and he is deeply moved by Lin’s determination to stage a hunger strike in protest of nuclear power and nuclear waste.

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