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Taiwan Halts Construction at Nuclear Plant after Protests

Activists shout slogans during an anti-nuclear rally in Taipei April 27, 2014.Activists shout slogans during an anti-nuclear rally in Taipei April 27, 2014.
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Activists shout slogans during an anti-nuclear rally in Taipei April 27, 2014.
Activists shout slogans during an anti-nuclear rally in Taipei April 27, 2014.
VOA News
Officials in Taiwan say all construction will be halted at the island's fourth nuclear power plant outside the capital, Taipei, after tens of thousands of anti-nuclear protesters marched through the city to demand the move.

The ruling Nationalist Party yielded to pressure from the demonstrators on Sunday after they broke through a police cordon and took control of a busy eight-lane intersection.

Protesters say they are worried that another nuclear power plant could increase the likelihood of a nuclear crisis like the one at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant when it was hit by a tsunami in 2011.

Like Japan, Taiwan is located in the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is frequently hit by earthquakes.

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by: Paxus Calta from: Louisa VA
April 30, 2014 7:35 AM
Taipower used textbook lying to try to build new reactors on that small island. Protesters have rewritten the text and have forced a national referendum on these delayed and wildly over budget reactors.


by: John
April 28, 2014 5:45 AM
Sounds like a foolish policy to me, that will result in higher electricity prices and less reliable power. Of course, a Taiwanese may reasonably point out that, as I'm an Australian, I live thousands of miles away from any problem with the nuke.


by: krista from: taiwan
April 27, 2014 9:56 PM
Besides the wrong policy about energy, the democracy in Taiwan has been undermined by presindent MA because of his totalitarian and corruption in Ma admins. Help Taiwan.

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