Wenlin Yuan residents plead for construction to commence
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Dozens of Wenlin Yuan residents continued yesterday to voice their protests against the Taipei City Government for stalling an urban renewal project, after spending a night outside the government's main building.
January 13, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Many elderly people, who were some of the first people to live in the Wenlin Yuan residential complex came to the protest in wheelchairs, asked Mayor Hau Lung-bin to “help them get them back home.”
An elderly woman surnamed Wu, pleaded with tears in her eyes for the government to provide her with a home to live in. Wu said she was tired of not having a stable home for almost three years, imploring the government to begin construction of an urban renewal project.
Director Hsieh Chun-chiao of a self-help association that supports the urban renewal project said she was unhappy to see the elderly sitting in the rain and waiting for the government to provide a satisfactory answer. The group is made up of residents of former Wenlin Yuan households. The elderly insist that they want to fight for their homes, she said.
Taipei City's Urban Regeneration Office said they have sent officials to talk with the protestors and acknowledge that their voices are being heard. Officials also said the government would speed up negotiations with households who do not support the urban renewal project and will try their best to launch the construction as soon as possible.