Nuke 4 protesters evicted from Zhongxiao West Rd.
By Chi-hao James Lo ,The China Post
April 29, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Police yesterday evicted anti-nuclear protesters from Zhongxiao W. Rd., an important thoroughfare, in the early hours.
Protestors began occupying a large section of the road, located in central Taipei, in the afternoon, paralyzing traffic.
Following a mass demonstration on Ketagalan Boulevard, which leads to the Presidential Office, protestors occupied a section of Zhongxiao W. Rd. in front of Taipei Railway Station into the early hours. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) held two press conferences urging the protesters not to occupy the road.
Hau said that as the mayor of Taipei, he has an obligation to ensure that the city's roads are open, which is why he asked the police to clear Zhongxiao W. Rd. and Zhongxiao E. Rd. by morning.
In a Facebook post, the mayor said that a minority of protesters who threatened to paralyze the main arteries of Taipei were venting their anger at the wrong people, adding that they were not only threatening the government but also the residents of Taipei.
Rejecting the administration's decision to halt construction on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant as opposed to scrapping the power plant entirely, protesters continued to occupy the section of the road past midnight.
Police began evicting the crowd at around 3 a.m., using water cannons to force protestors toward the direction of Zhongshan S. Rd. by 8 a.m. Sunflower Movement leaders Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) and Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) were among those who were evicted. Several were hospitalized.
Hau Rejects DPP City Councilors' Criticism
During a Taipei City Council meeting, Hau was accused by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) councilors of having a double standard.
DPP Taipei Councilor Wang Shih-chien (王世堅) said that police had given Bamboo Union affiliate Chang An-lo (張安樂), also known as the “White Wolf,” safe passage during his protest against the Sunflower Student Movement, but that they were ordered to forcefully evict student protesters.
DPP Councilors Juan Chao-hsiung (阮昭雄) and Chang Mao-nan (張茂楠) also criticized Hau, saying that the mayor has repeatedly shirked his responsibilities amid the protests.
In response, Hau rejected the accusations, saying that protesters have been using the wellbeing of Taipei residents as ransom for their demands without taking responsibility for the consequences of their actions.
Hau went on to say that the illegal occupation was no different than an aircraft hijacking.