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Nuclear protesters prepare for 50,000-strong march

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Environmentalists said they expect 50,000 nuclear protesters will take to the streets on March 9 to oppose the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

Members from environmental protection organizations such as Green Citizens' Action Alliance and Citizen of the Earth gathered at Ketagalan Boulevard yesterday to announce the upcoming nuclear power protest.

Environmentalists said the protest aims to halt investment in the building of the Nuclear Power Plant No. 4 and say no to what they consider a dangerous energy source.

According to organizers, over 100 groups have signed up to join the protest.

Environmentalists said that at the protest they will present a detailed description of their demands, which include stopping the insertion of nuclear power fuel rods at the forth nuclear power plant, shutting down all three active nuclear power plants and removing nuclear waste from the island of Lanyu.

Protest organizers said this year is expected to be a turning point for Taiwan and the anti-nuclear power movement, adding that organizing this protest will help gather all anti-nuclear voices in a concerted effort to pressure the government to stop depending on this fuel source.

According to protest organizers, four groups of protesters will take to the streets at 2 p.m. on March 9, with one each in the northern, middle, southern and eastern part of Taiwan. The northern protest will take place outside the Presidential Office.

Government Response

Presidential Office spokeswoman Lee Chia-fei (李佳霏) said yesterday that the concerns and opinions of people regarding nuclear power are references for the government when developing policy.

Lee said President Ma Ying-jeou has made it clear that if there is no nuclear safety, there will be no nuclear power, adding that the government will insist on adopting the highest standards when it comes to safety.

According to Lee, the government will demand that a set of thorough and strict tests are satisfied before officially allowing the forth nuclear power plant to come online.

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Protesters against nuclear power hold the signs on Ketagalan Boulevard, yesterday. Environmentalists said they expect 50,000 nuclear protesters to take to the streets on March 9 to end the plan of building the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant. They said the main aim of this protest will be to stop pumping funds into the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant and say no to “dangerous” nuclear power.

(CNA)

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