Date
24 September 2017
Police fire a water cannon to disperse the protesters. Photo: Taiwan Apple Daily
Police fire a water cannon to disperse the protesters. Photo: Taiwan Apple Daily

Police evict anti-nuclear protesters after Taipei blockade

Police on Monday morning evicted anti-nuclear activists who had occupied one of Taipei’s busiest streets since Sunday to protest the construction of a nuclear plant, Apple Daily reported Monday.

Traffic had been paralyzed since Sunday afternoon after the protesters, numbering about 50,000, occupied Chung Hsiao West Road, an eight-lane artery in front of a train station.

After asking the activists to leave several times overnight, the city mayor called in the police to clear the thoroughfare at about 3 a.m. Monday, the newspaper said.

The protesters, organized by 126 groups, gathered in the square outside the Presidential Palace on Sunday and staged a sit-in on the streets, bringing traffic to a halt. They demanded that the government stop the construction of the island’s fourth nuclear power plant.

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, after meeting with local officials and members of the ruling Kuomintang, announced on Sunday night the construction would be suspended.

But the protesters said they would continue with their protest until the entire project was scrapped. They also asked the parliament to revise a law to lower the threshold of vote for a proposal to be passed in a referendum, the report said.

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Anti-nuclear protesters occupy the road in front of Taipei’s main train station Sunday. Photo: AFP


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