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Student protest leader discusses protest, plans for future in hometown

TAIPEI, Taiwan --  Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆), one of the student activist leaders of the Sunflower Movement, was spotted in his hometown of Tainan yesterday, where the now famous demonstrator was approached by fans and the press.

While speaking with the press, Lin stressed that the Sunflower Movement is not over, and that should Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) go back on his word, student activists would seek to return to the Legislative Yuan

Should there be another street protest, Lin said that he is confident that the crowd will amass up to 1 million participants.

On the topic of the Tainan City Railway Underground Project (臺南市區鐵路地下化計畫), Lin, who participated in protests with the Anti-Tainan Railway Underground Project Eastward Construction Self-Help Association (反台南鐵路地下化東移自救會), said that should he have the time, he is more than happy to attend a rally with the group again.

Lin went on to elaborate that although the railway construction project is the responsibility of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the related urban planning falls to the Tainan City Government, and as such any subsequent disturbance to the civilian population, such as relocations, demolition and questions from residents should be answered by the city government.

Lin went on to say that the Tainan City Government should grant the self-help association the hearing they requested, and stop shirking responsibility, going as far as to say that he regrets voting for Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德). However, Lin went on to elaborate that by using the word regret, he holds high hopes that Lai will do the right thing.

Finishing his interview with the press, Lin stated that students are planning to join the upcoming Labor Day protest, accompanying worker unions on the streets to show their support for unions' questions about the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement on May 1.

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