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1,000 demonstrators protest Nuke 4

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Over 1,000 parents, children, artists and environmentalists yesterday gathered in front of National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to record a song that showcased their demand for the government to stop building the Forth Nuclear Power Plant.

The event's organizer, Moms Love Taiwan, said the song, "Children's Sky," will be broadcast on numerous media outlets.

Moms Love Taiwan made three requests during the event, asking the government to come up with policies on energy, promoting education on environmental and energy matters, and publishing the timetable of a nuclear power-free nation.

Irine Chen (陳藹玲), board director of Fubon Cultural and Educational Foundation, said that Taiwan's future depends on "energy policy" instead of Nuke 4, as the plant is colloquially termed.

"All Taiwanese citizens have to take responsibility and be part of the energy saving action. As long as everyone saves on average 6 percent of their energy consumption, it will be unnecessary to build Nuke 4," said Chen.

Uwamae Masako (上前昌子), a victim of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster, who came to Taiwan to seek shelter, was invited to make a speech to the crowd.

"I lived 60 kilometers away from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which is not within the nuclear-influenced range that the government expected," said Uwamae.

"However," Uwamae said, "I still detected surprisingly high amounts of radiation near my house, and that is why I decided to move to Taiwan with my daughter."

TV host Kevin Tsai (蔡康永) also joined the event yesterday in support of an anti-nuclear power solution.

"It is possible to revise a wrong policy," Tsai said, "but it is impossible to modify what the nuclear power plant could do to the nation."

"Taiwan has limited land with a large number of residents," Tsai said, "so if a nuclear disaster takes place, we have nowhere to retreat to."

Tsai said that Taiwan is incapable of handling nuclear waste. If Nuke 4 represents a terrifying future, Tsai said, nuclear power waste represents a terrible present.

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