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Lin Yi-hsiung ‘calm and resolute’ on 6th day of fast
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-04-27 05:28 PM
Former DPP Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung’s hunger strike against the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant extended into its sixth day Sunday as a string of visitors continued to drop by the Gikong Presbyterian Church where he is holding his fast to wish him well. DPP Legislator Tien Chiu-chin attended services at the church Sunday, stopping to tell reporters afterwards that Lin’s color was a bit pallid but he was still sitting erect and straight and displaying a very strong inner will. Tien noted that concerned officials have said that Lin will be rushed to a hospital and given forced medical treatment if the situation turns critical, but Lin himself has said he will never submit to forced feeding and will choose death over life if necessary

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Lin reportedly made a brief visit to the bathroom at about 8am Sunday morning, greeting and paying tribute to people in the church area. The Gikong church holds regular Sunday morning worship services which are open only to members of the congregation, which includes Tien Chiu-chin. Lin remained in a section reserved for his fast during the services

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Tien said that when she saw Lin after the service he was sitting at a desk and drinking water. She said he seemed peaceful but pale and was sitting up straight, and looking calm but very resolute.

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu arrived at the church at about 12:30pm and stayed for nearly two hours. She was visibly agitated when she emerged and told waiting reporters that for Lin Yi-hsiung fasting is a very serious matter. She noted that despite her long wait she was unable to see Lin, who remained inside a closed-off area reserved for the fast.

Chen said that with every minute and every second that goes by she grows more anxious and worried, yet KMT officials are doing nothing at all in response to Lin’s pleas that they halt construction on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant. “We are all very distraught by all this,” she said. “We are very concerned about him."

Mayor Chen explained that her visit was in order to express her concern to Lin and to everyone else that she was deeply worried about the nuclear power plant. She urged people of all ages and all walks of life in Taiwan to become more involved in Taiwan's security and the welfare of future generations. She added that she was very worried that those who are in power are not listening to and responding to the voice of the people. She expressed her admiration for Lin Yi-hsiung for his strong will as well as her sympathy for the mournful memories associated with the location (referring to the murders in 1980 of Lin’s mother and twin daughters.)

Chen said that out of respect for Lin and his decision to protest the nuclear plant with a hunger strike, she has not been in contact with him or his family this week. She said the most distressing part of the fast is that the government has not responded to what is a very risky undertaking for Lin at his age. She said she only had two words for the government’s callousness: Very regretful遺憾.

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