Hau condemns Zhongxiao E. Road occupation
By Chi-hao James Lo, The China Post
April 30, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday condemned the occupation of Zhongxiao East Road by anti-nuclear protest groups.
Following the eviction of activists protesting against the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant on the morning of April 28, the protesting collective consisting of various anti-nuclear groups and the Referendum Alliance made an abrupt movement at around 6 p.m. yesterday to relocate from the Legislative Yuan to the intersection of Zhongxiao East Road and Linsen South Road. The protesters' actions caused a major traffic disruption to the area, affecting up to 50,000 Taipei City civilians.
Hau held an immediate press conference at a police station following his personal attendance at the location so as to conduct the necessary operations. During the press conference, Hau stated that so far this month, protesters have been occupying various public areas and government agencies. The actions are self-righteous acts of aggression, said the mayor, and the city government has a responsibility to return Taipei's peaceful and proper living spaces.
On the same groups of people who have been disrupting the traffic, order and well being of Taipei, Hau said the city government will consider strong but legitimate actions against those who seek to use the people of Taipei as a ransom for their demands.
Hau went on to appeal to all Taipei citizens to condemn the actions of the protesters and said that the city government will take proper action to collect evidence to bring the responsible parties behind the protest to justice, warning the protesters not to take the commitment of the Taipei City Government and the Taipei Police lightly.
New Taipei City Mayor advocates Alternative Energy
New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) said yesterday, that following the decision of the Executive Yuan to halt construction of Nuke 4, the next step for the ongoing energy issue is to find alternative sources of energy.
Following Premier Jiang Yi-huah's (江宜樺) explanation that the No. 1 reactor of Nuke 4 will not be activated when the ongoing safety inspections have been completed, Chu advocated his idea of alternative energy during the New Taipei City Municipal Conference yesterday.
Various industries and the greater civilian population need electricity, said Chu, especially by industries that need a high level of power consumption. As such, said the mayor, the most important issue at hand is to build a general consensus within the public to reflect on the future on the basis of energy supply and demand.