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Taiwan: Anti-Nuclear Protesters’ Lonely Quest
Written by I-fan Lin On 29 March 2011 @ 4:54 am | 7 Comments
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In 1988, eight years after the Taiwan Power Company first decided to build the plant, locals in Gongliao held the first meeting of what became their anti-nuclear organization. In 1994, they even held their own referendum  [zh], which revealed that 96% of locals were opposed to the plant's construction.
Nevertheless, the government disregarded such opinions and took steps to suppress these voices.
In 1991  [zh], after protesters put up structures on land planned for the future nuclear power plant, police tried to tear down them down.
In 1999, after the Atomic Energy Council approved the license for construction of the fourth nuclear power plant, the government revoked the fishery rights  [zh] of locals in Gongliao without notice. Locals refused the compensation  [zh] offered by the government and went to the Executive Yuan  to protest against this decision.
In 2000, these anti-nuclear activists rode a rollercoaster after the Democratic Progressive Party candidate took office. The ruling party decided to suspend the construction of the fourth nuclear power plant. However, because political conflict  [zh] between the ruling party and the opposition party could not be resolved, the ‘cancellation’ itself was voided in 2001:
After more than 20 years of protests against the nuclear power plant, construction has resumed, leaving locals to deal with their own fear without hope  [zh]:
In Japan, there are also some lonely protesters opposed to nuclear power plants there. The residents (less than 500) in Iwaishima (祝島)  [zh] have protested against the local nuclear power plant for more than 28 years:
After the greatest earthquake in the recorded history of Japan  took place this month, there was worry  over the type of fuel used in reactor unit 3 of the country's damaged Fukushima I nuclear power plant :
However, not many people know that six months ago a concern group  [jp] formed by Japanese elders (福島老朽原発を考える会) for the Fukushima I nuclear power plant traveled all the way to Tokyo to protest against the Tokyo Electricity Power Company and the use of MOX fuels :
Roodo blogger Summerlake, after seeing the photos  [zh] of the elders’ protest in Tokyo, said:
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URLs in this post:
 currently under construction: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longmen_Nuclear_Power_Plant
 Taipei: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taipei
 held their own referendum: http://www.taiwangoodlife.org/story/20100909/2559
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiet87/4938590748/in/set-72157624709248243/
 revoked the fishery rights: http://ago.gcaa.org.tw/issue/nuclear/news/NUKE4-01.htm
 Executive Yuan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Yuan
 NONUKE: http://taiwannonuke.blogspot.com/
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiet87/sets/72157624709248243/
 the greatest earthquake in the recorded history of Japan: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/03/11/largest-earthquake-in-recorded-history-in-japan/
 there was worry: http://sentvolks.blogspot.com/2011/03/mox-plutonium-fuel-used-in-fukushimas.html
 the country's damaged Fukushima I nuclear power plant: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/03/12/japan-fear-in-fukushima/
 concern group: http://fukurou.txt-nifty.com/fukurou/2010/09/post-d51a.html
 MOX fuels: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOX_fuel
 the photos: http://blog.roodo.com/SummerLake/archives/15372871.html
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