Anti-nuclear groups end protests in front of Presidential Office
Central News Agency
2014-04-30 11:19 PM
Taipei, April 30 (CNA) Anti-nuclear groups discontinued their protest against nuclear power Wednesday, dispersing from an area in front of the Presidential Office after former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung ended his hunger strike earlier in the day. The National Nuclear Abolition Action Platform, which comprises several groups, retreated from Ketagalan Boulevard, where it had been protesting since April 26 against Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant project. The withdrawal, however, does not mean an end to anti-nuclear efforts, the organizers said in a statement. They said they will continue to push the government to honor its promise to halt construction of the fourth nuclear plant. The statement came shortly after Lin ended his hunger strike after 9 days, saying that the target of his protest action was "no longer an issue" since the government had decided to call off work on the nearly completed plant. The anti-nuclear groups said they will urge the ruling Kuomintang and opposition DPP to form a legislative committee to oversee and investigate the suspension of the plant. In the statement, the activists also asked the government not to extend the service lives of the currently operational first, second and third nuclear power plants and to decommission them as soon as possible. The groups also reiterated their call on the government to lower the threshold for voter participation in a referendum on the plant and condemned what they called police violence against the protesters. (By Hsu Chi-wei and Christie Chen)
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