Filmmakers urge March 9 anti-nuke rally attendance
By Lauly Li ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Film director Ko I-cheng (柯一正) and other local film directors said yesterday that the government should not pass the buck on the Nuke 4 problem to the public by holding a referendum and said people should attend the March 9 rallies calling for a halt to the nuclear power plant's construction.
March 6, 2013, 12:34 am TWN
Ko said it was a clever piece of political maneuvering for Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) to announce he supports a potential referendum and let everyone in the nation take the responsibility for the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant's fate, but said the government should be the one who makes the decision.
Documentary film director Wu Yi-feng (吳乙峰) said that with or without a referendum, people should still stand out against the plant as natural disasters cannot be predicted, and a national referendum cannot stop them.
Ko said Southeast Asia and Japan were both hit by tsunamis. Southeast Asia is slowly recovering from the damage and yet Japan will take a hundred years to recover. Ko added that the only difference between the two regions is Japan has nuclear power plants.
Wu said the government should stop talking about the potential price hike of electricity or how Taiwan's economy will be influenced without the plant, again noting the danger of natural catastrophes.
Ko asked “can the government promise that no major earthquake or tsunami will hit the country?”
Government Should Propose Evacuation Drill: Director
Director Cheng Yu-chieh (鄭有傑) said so far the government has not found a proper way to dispose of radioactive waste, adding that if the government does not know how to handle radioactive waste then the nation should not have nuclear power plants.
Cheng said the government ought to propose an explicit and pragmatic evacuation drill as there are four nuclear power plants in Taiwan. Cheng said the proposal should include evacuation routes as well as food and water supplies.
Cheng said once the government proposes an evacuation drill, residents who live near the power plants should attend the drill, adding that “ it is meaningless for the government to talk about the safety of Nuke 4 operation if there is no practical evacuation drill.”
Wu said over 300 film directors, writers, musicians and actors will join the protest on March 9.
In order to ensure the March 9 protest goes smoothly, Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) told reporters at a weekly city affairs meeting yesterday that he has made it clear to the Department of Transportation and Police Department that they are to monitor the protest.