Lin may face 'forced' hospitalization
By Katherine Wei ,The China Post
April 24, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Should his hunger strike render him unconscious, anti-nuclear advocate Lin Yi-hsiung (林義雄) will be rushed to the hospital regardless of his wishes, local media outlets reported yesterday.
The Presidential Office and paramedics have allegedly reached a consensus to carry out “involuntary treatment” if Lin's health conditions fail rapidly; the details are not disclosed but former Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) declared that Lin may very well be force-fed through a tube through the nose.
Leaving a message to Lin during his hunger strike, President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday promised Lin that the issue of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant would be left to a referendum after safety examinations ended.
On the second day of Lin's hunger strike, Ma headed to Lin's fasting site and left him a card, as the activist previously stated that he would not be meeting guests nor speaking during the strike. The card was delivered to the pastor of the Gikong Presbyterian Church.
Former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) approved of Ma's visit, also noting that Lin should have met Ma for further discussions. “(The visit) is a good thing ... but it would be better to meet Ma, so the people and the government can communicate and stay true to the principles of a democracy, which is centered on its people,” said Lee.
Taipei to Offer Medical Assistance: Mayor
Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said yesterday that he would be asking medical care groups in Taipei to keep in close contact with the government to provide medical assistance when needed.
With regard to media inquiries on his opinion of a Kuomintang (KMT) legislator's bid to lower the referendum limits for Nuke 4, Hau stated that the power plant should be examined and pronounced safe before considering a referendum. “Especially when Nuke 4's safety issues are not trusted by all citizens; I personally don't approve of (the referendum),” said Hau, who stressed the necessity of cross-caucus negotiations as time was running short.
Spokesman Clarifies Premier's Question
During his visit to Lin on Tuesday, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) was heard asking the pastor of Gikong Church why church authorities were willing to lend the church to Lin. The church was not only built where Lin's previous home was located, it was also where the unsolved murders of Lin's mother and twin daughters occurred in 1980. Many believed that the KMT was responsible for the killings as Lin's house was under government surveillance at the time.
Cabinet spokesman Sun Li-chun (孫立群) stated today that Jiang's conversation with pastor Chiu Chung-yuan was aimed to express concern for Lin, and that the premier understood the connection between Lin and the church.
In an interview with local media, Chiu said she could not speak on behalf of Lin, and was only greeting guests and representing the church. “My personal interpretation of (Jiang's) question was that he was trying to lead me into answering whether we were 'raising a fuss' along with Lin; (he wanted to know) if we were led around by our noses or if we had thought this through, so I told him the church's stance immediately,” said Chiu.