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Lin heads to hospital amid hunger strike

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Anti-nuclear advocate Lin Yi-hsiung (林義雄) yesterday headed to his family grave in Yilan and then to the hospital after having been on a hunger strike for a week.

Having started the hunger strike on April 22, the former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman reportedly held fast to his plan well for a man in his 70s.

One of his supporters said that “the strike isn't over yet,” in spite of the Kuomintang (KMT) announcement on Sunday that construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant is to be halted.

The power plant is unnecessary, because it will only provide 6 percent of the island's electricity, Lin previously said.

Yesterday, Lin paid a visit to his family grave in Yilan, where his mother and twin daughters were buried after being brutally murdered in 1980. He made his way back to the Gikong Presbyterian Church where he has been fasting, physically supported by several volunteers due to his weakened condition.

The former DPP chairman said in an open letter to his only living daughter, Judy Linton (林奐均), that he made the decision to visit Yilan several days earlier, and that his wife knew he would not be at ease until he had visited the grave.

Lin said that the soil and air of his hometown gave him new strength.

“I don't want to leave you, and I know you and your mother are worried and cannot bear my leaving (death), but I feel like I'm doing the right thing,” read Lin's letter.

DPP Legislator Tien Chiu-chin (田秋堇), Lin's former secretary, said that if Lin is force-fed, he will commit suicide out of disappointment. Tien called for paramedics not to force feed Lin as it would take away his dignity.

'Halted,' not 'terminated'

According to the KMT's consensus, construction of the plant's nearly completed No. 1 and No. 2 reactors are to be halted. Protesters argued that in spite of the halt, the power plant will not be “terminated,” to which KMT Culture and Communications Committee Director Fan Chiang Tai-chi (范姜泰基) responded by saying that the power plant's ultimate fate is to be determined in a national referendum.

1 Comment
April 29, 2014    r@
Only on hunger strike for a week. Not very impressive.
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Anti-nuclear power advocate Lin Yi-hsiung (林義雄), second right, visits his family grave in Yilan, yesterday. Lin has been on a hunger strike for a week. He headed to the hospital after returning from his family grave. (CNA)

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