Artists, performers join campaign to scrap nuclear power
Central News Agency
2014-04-24 11:21 PM
Taipei, April 24 (CNA) As Lin Yi-hsiung entered his third day of a hunger strike to push for the scrapping of the fourth nuclear power plant Thursday, a larger campaign gained momentum from Taiwan's arts world at a candle-light vigil in downtown Taipei. Prominent figures including film director Leon Dai and Wu Nien-jen and writer Hsiao Yeh took part in the activity to show support for the movement aimed at halting construction of the new power plant and lowering the threshold for public referendums on the nuclear plant to be considered valid. Participants also called for a decommission of the exiting three nuclear power plants as soon as possible. The event, which kicked off at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, drew nearly 1,000 supporters to stage the sit-in. At around 8:00 p.m., some 3,000 more demonstrators gathered in front of the Presidential Office, where they held a separate candle-light vigil to voice their support for Lin, a former chairman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and long time advocate of scrapping nuclear power. Major figures in the party, including DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang, former Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen and former Premier Frank Hsieh, also showed up to lend their support. In a show of their concern, environmental activists plan to gather in front of the nearby Legislative Yuan Friday, where they will tie yellow ribbons as an apparent sign of solidarity to make lawmakers hear their demands. If the government fails to give a satisfactory response to their requests, they warned, they will launch an indefinite sit-in on Ketagalan Boulevard, the road leading to the Presidential Office, starting Saturday afternoon and hold a march on Sunday. (By Chen Chih-chung, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Flor Wang)
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