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Lin Yi-hsiung back in Taipei after brief trip to Yilan
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-04-28 05:22 PM
Former DPP chairman Lin Yi-hsiung varied his routine on the seventh day of his hunger strike protesting the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant to return to his home town in Yilan County to pay homage to his ancestors. Lin stepped out at about 8:30am and traveled by car to the cemetery where his ancestors are interred, returning at 14:15pm Monday to Gikong Presbyterian Church, where he was too weak to walk upstairs and was carried up by two supporters.

Lin had originally been expected to return to the church at noon, but church staff said he detoured to make a brief stop at the Chilin Culture and Education Foundation in Yilan, delaying his return to Taipei by a couple of hours.

Lin rode in a car all the way to the door of the church in order to conserve energy. Earlier Monday morning he had walked to the car under his own power, but in the afternoon found it difficult to walk on his own and relied on a couple of supporters to assist him upstairs. Observers said Lin’s color was a bit dull but he appeared resolute and determined.

Many bystanders including the Presbyterian pastor and representatives of the Buddhist community noted Lin’s red eyes and frail appearance on his return. The pastor and a few members of the congregation quietly filed into the main room of the church to say a prayer for Lin and his health.

At noon Monday former Premier Chang Chun-hsiung and his wife Chu Ah-ying dropped by the church for the third time to visit. On leaving the church, Chang told reporters he had said, "I want to tell you brother Yi-hsiung to be brave and fight for Taiwan. I told him, I am not encouraging you to be a martyr, we still have a very difficult road ahead and many obstacles to overcome."

Chang recalled how 14 years ago he announced as premier the government’s decision to halt construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant for the sake of the land and future generations in Taiwan. He noted that Taiwan’s three currently operating nuclear power plants have produced more than 7000 tons of nuclear waste that will require more than 30,000 years of supervised storage, all for two to three decades of power generation. Asking how we can leave behind such a burden to our children and grandchildren, and how we can do this to our land, Chang said shutting down Taiwan’s nuclear power plants is a matter of doing the right thing – it is not a matter of cost or economics.

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