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'Foreboding' over Nuke 4 hunger strike: Su

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Among the many that paid their respects and expressed their concerns for anti-nuclear advocate Lin Yi-hsiung (林義雄) on the first day of his hunger strike, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said he had a sense of foreboding about the strike.

After visiting Lin, Su was in tears and said that he felt uneasy about Lin's hunger strike, which is intended as a last-ditch effort to push the government to cease construction on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

Lin began the hunger strike at 10 a.m. yesterday at a church built on the site of his former residence where half of his family members were brutally murdered. Lin refused to speak, while those who wished him well wrote down their messages on a notebook at the church.

Lin's mother and twin daughters were killed at the same location when he was under arrest in the 1980s.

The man has rarely mentioned his family tragedy in past years, Su said, adding that all Lin hopes for now is to build a nuclear-free home for all Taiwanese.

"I feel uneasy about how the ruling government is still oblivious to the gravity of things when Lin is willing to give up his life for Taiwan. As his friend and his partner in the fight to improve Taiwan over the past four decades, I don't want things to continue as they are ... time is running out for us, but all our efforts have fallen flat. We've been fighting to protect Taiwan for 40 years, what more do you want?" Su said.

Lin's Wife, Remaining Daughter Supportive

Lin's wife and daughter reportedly took his hunger strike with heavy hearts but decided to continue supporting him. Before he began, Lin said that he was feeling peaceful and was glad that his wife and daughter could understand his beliefs.

Lin said, "The government has been saying if nuclear power isn't safe, Nuke 4 won't be activated. Nuclear safety is a trick. Previous nuclear accidents, including the (Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster), have happened in places that are well-developed and have advanced technology. All had of course made safety inspections before (activating their plants), but in the end they proved to be unreliable,

"I hope these people who talk about nuclear safety will think carefully about the nuclear incidents that took place in the United States, (Ukraine) and Japan; all are advanced nations that have conducted painstaking examinations."

Pan-greens Back Lin's Determination

City councilors in Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung yesterday launched a series of events to support Lin's hunger strike, which the former DPP chairman said would only end when Nuke 4 construction is halted.

Several councilors headed over to Taipei for sit-ins, while others held press conferences reiterating Lin's demands.

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