Ex-DPP leader prepares new actions
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-19 07:48 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung was preparing a march to call for constitutional reform, reports said Thursday.

Lin held a hunger strike last April 22-30 to demand an end to the fourth nuclear plant, but he has been rarely seen in public since.

He was planning to join volunteers and members of the public outside Xindian Mass Rapid Transit Station in New Taipei City on Saturday to push for a new reform agenda, reports said. The three main demands would be changes to the Referendum Act, the Election and Recall Act and the Constitution, according to media reports. The two-hour Xindian walkabout was only a prelude to more large-scale events planned for September.

Near the end of his April hunger strike, Lin was taken to National Taiwan University Hospital for closer observation, and he then traveled on to his native Yilan County to recover, reports said.

According to friends who recently visited him, he was recovered by 50 to 60 percent. The former opposition leader took part in a march in Yilan County over a distance of about 10 kilometers, reports said.

Lin reportedly wanted to change the Referendum Act so it would become easier for Taiwan’s 23 million citizens to decide their own future, while the Constitution should be amended to remove references to China and other regions not controlled by the government. Changing the Election and Recall Act was a response to demands from the students who occupied the Legislative Yuan from March 18 to April 10, reports said.

Lin joined the students for daily sit-ins at the legislative compound toward the end of the occupation. Once the topic of the trade-in-services pact with China, which was the students’ target, moved to the background, he launched his hunger strike to mobilize protest against the fourth nuclear plant. His fast and the massive protests in support forced the government to back down on the nuclear issue.

Lin warned though that the public should remain vigilant in case the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou went back on its word or played games with the vocabulary in its statements, which mentioned expressions like “stopping work” and “stopping construction” on the plant in Gongliao, New Taipei City.

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