Published on Monday, April 28, 2014 by Common Dreams
Protesters Face Water Cannons to Bring Halt to Nuclear Plant
Amid mounting opposition, Taiwanese government suspends fourth nuclear plant
- Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Police in Taiwan shot water cannons on anti-nuclear protesters Monday following a weekend in which the power of throngs of demonstrators brought the construction of a controversial plant to a halt.
On Sunday as many as 50,000 protesters poured into Taipei's streets, blockading thoroughfares and calling for Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant to be scrapped. Its slated home is New Taipei City, the most populous city in the seismically active state.
Public pressure against the plant was aided by a hunger strike undertaken by former opposition leader and anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-xiong, who said he was forced to take the measure because authorities had refused to heed overwhelming public opposition to the plant.
The ruling Kuomintang party announced later Sunday that it was suspending the $9.4 billion Nuke 4, located in the northeast corner of the Taiwan.
The New York Times reports:
The Kuomintang announcement said that the first reactor on the Lungmen plant, which is near completion, would undergo safety testing and then be mothballed. Work will stop on the second reactor, and a referendum will then be held to determine whether the plant, also commonly known as No. 4, will be completed and go online, the announcement said.
Channel News Asia reports that the halt "is a concession to protesters, but is a far cry from giving in to their demands of abolishing it altogether."
Some protesters remained after the announcement, and a massive police force was seen unleashing water cannons at the protesters.
Nuclear power, which has faced mounting public opposition since the Fukushima disaster, currently provides about 18 percent of Taiwan's energy.
A similar anti-nuclear protest held last month urged the government to "to face anti-nuclear demands from the people."
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Pieces of Madrid: The Evolution of an Uprising
By Brandon Jourdan
As social conditions continue to deteriorate across Spain, people are turning to the streets and to each other to find solutions to the crisis. This film tells a story of the massive mobilization that saw millions of people converge on Madrid on March 22, and explores the proliferation of social centers, community gardens, self-organized food banks and large-scale housing occupations by and for families that have been evicted. Piecing together many of the creative ways that people have been coping with crisis, the film asks what the future may hold for Spain. It is part of the Global Uprisings documentary series, which can be viewed at globaluprisings.org.
This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/pieces-madrid-evolution-uprising-1398697134.
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