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100,000 in protests against use of nuclear power: organizers

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- At least 100,000 people from eight cities and counties took to the streets to demand that the government stop using nuclear power immediately, environmental protection organizations announced yesterday.

The organizations launched anti-nuclear power protests yesterday as the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster nears its three-year anniversary.

According to the anti-nuclear groups, protesters in eight cities and counties — Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Taitung, Yilan, Miaoli, Tainan, and Pingtung — joined in the demonstrations.

The anti-nuclear action platform said that the government continues to claim that it will lower the amount of nuclear power that is used gradually, but no action has been taken thus far.

The platform also said that the government has ignored the over-50 percent of Taiwanese who want to stop nuclear power usage and chose to continue building the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

According to the protest organizers, the government also failed to take action to solve issues such as nuclear waste, increasing the odds of citizens and wildlife being exposed to lethal radiation.

The main appeals of the nationwide protest, according to environmental protection organizations, were that the government should stop the use of nuclear power immediately by ceasing operations at Nukes 1, 2, and 3.

Environmental protection organizations also demanded that the government remove nuclear waste from Orchid Island while reviewing the policy on how to properly handle nuclear waste. The organizations, however, did not voice their suggestions for possible disposal sites for already-existing nuclear waste.

The Legislative Yuan should also take action to revoke the budget for Nuke 4, environmental protection organizations said.

According to organizers, the protests were originally scheduled to take place in Taipei, Taichung, Taitung and Kaohsiung, but students and youth from a total of eight cities and counties voluntarily joined the anti-nuclear power protest the day before it took place.

Same Standpoint, not Same Timeline: Executive Yuan

Executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) yesterday said that the government also supports the idea of no nuclear power, but it has a different timeline to reach the goal than the expectations of protesters.

"The standpoint of the Executive Yuan has always been to transform Taiwan into a nuclear power-free nation," said Sun. "However, based on the current power demand, the government cannot cease the nuclear power plants' operation immediately."

Sun said that the Executive Yuan's principle still remains: no safety, no nuclear power.

According to Sun, a referendum on the construction of Nuke 4 can only be proposed by the Legislative Yuan, but the Executive Yuan is willing to accept the challenge of a referendum.

March 9, 2014    centrust@
Based on the operational history of nuclear power plants in various parts of the world since early 1963 and also based on the thermodynamics involving high pressure and high temperature in the radiation field and the metallurgical and thermal stress in the fuel rods, we can come to a reasonable conclusion that nuclear power plants would be quite safe when operating around 300 MW, but not over 600 to 1000 MW as the blindfolded engineers and greedy utilities companies are pushing nowadays. That is, there is apparently no economy of scale that would be applicable here for nuclear power plants. This can be clearly determined from costs involved in the larger civil constructures that would also comply with the stringent safety standards today.
March 9, 2014    carltanong@
It is time to shut-down all the nuclear reactor initiated by the green croc's so the protest and demonstration organized by the green croc's will stop annoying and make disturbances to the public.
_Let’s see if all the commodities will rise, factory shut-down and unemployment shoots up etc.
_And let’s see if the green croc's will blame themselves the mess they make or blame it to the KMT?

_Even our National Father Dr. Sun Yet Sen’s statue was insulted by the uncivilized green croc's, the illegitimate sons and daughters of the Japanese etc.

Losing or before in election season, the green croc's keep flapping in the street for their own political gain and sure of course for their pocket to grow when the green croc's successfully fool the voter to vote for them.

_Just observe in America. Did any losing party list chairman or their member organize the protest and demonstration and lead their supporter to create disturbances every month and year? Only in Taiwan GREEN CROC'S are so unique.

_Are those green croc's have nothing to do and just know how to FLAP every corner of Taiwan? Did the green croc's find a decent job after losing the election? hmmmm. Using the people money to enjoy luxury life and enjoying watching mancho dancer. huh.....

Well, The StUpid green croc's will say that our Goddess of Mercy told them to do that and that......Hehe.

Don't let the StUpid green croc's fool us.

-StUpid green croc's shouted, harassed and threatened at us. StUpid said "The DPP government will NOT tolerate us to shout and cry CSB resign.
-StUpid have violated our HUMAN RIGHT, LIBERTY and FREEDOM.
March 10, 2014    vivqhsh@
Carltanong must be a big financial sponsor of the China Post since they keep posting his senile remarks.
March 11, 2014    pvaudin@
There needs to be a clear understanding of the alternatives before any referendum can be held. It is very easy to vote on "Nuke/No nuke", especially if the costs are not understood first. Currently, there are very few alternatives to nuclear power for Taiwan, because none have been developed. This seems a little crazy, given the local strength in manufacturing for solar panels, but there are no subsidies to encourage the installation of solar or pressure on builders to build energy efficient homes. However, I am very sure that the protests would be even louder if the resulting increase in use of fossil fuel for power generation resulted in the same level of pollution as has recently been seen in Beijing. Already, pollution is higher again in Taiwan and this is not only from China - it is a result of no leadership locally. A net result again of politicians taking extreme positions, but none of them actively working on solving real world problems.
March 12, 2014    miller.henry641@
Why are the "protestors" signs in English?

Shabby move bringing the babies out in the inclement weather...tsk tsk tsk.
March 12, 2014    miller.henry641@
vivqhsh@ wrote:
Carltanong must be a big financial sponsor of the China Post since they keep posting his senile remarks.
And, they post your comments also dear.
March 12, 2014    taipeir2001@
It's time for Taiwanese to realize bad air quality is the major environmental concern here, which largely comes from motor vehicles and COAL BURNING POWER PLANTS.

This is the stuff that kills people EVERYDAY.

Deal with the problem literally in front of your faces first!
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