Southern Taiwan students take to feet to oppose 4th nuke plant
Six students, from National Sun Yat-sen University and National University of Kaohsiung initiated the campaign to walk from the southern tip of Taiwan to Kaohsiung, in time to take part in an anti-nuclear rally in the city on March 9.
They are getting help in their campaign from a volunteer with Citizen of the Earth Taiwan, an environmental group that is part of a Southern Taiwan anti-nuclear action alliance.
The students explained that they launched the campaign because the lives and property of Taiwan's people are threatened by nuclear power and the cost of building the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant has risen far above its originally projected costs.
Nearly 100 people from several anti-nuclear groups and local residents of Hengchun joined the students on the five-day march.
To call attention to the potential dangers of nuclear power, civil groups from across the island will organize rallies in Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Taitung on March 9, two days ahead of the second anniversary of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster in Japan.
They will advocate blocking additional funding for construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, removing radioactive waste from Taiwan's outlying Orchid Island, and immediately closing Taiwan's three operating nuclear power plants.
source: China Post
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