Former DPP chair to begin hunger strike


By Katherine Wei, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A day prior to his slated hunger strike against Taiwan’s Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung (林義雄) declared that the government would be at fault if the strike eventually takes his life. Always outspoken on his stance against using nuclear power, Lin stated in a press release yesterday his belief that life was valuable and he would not have chosen to risk his own health and life if the government had not trampled his beliefs and efforts to practice democracy. “If anything is to happen to me, I hope my family and friends will understand that it is them (the government) who is killing me,” said Lin, who also called for people to continue their pursuit of democracy in Taiwan. Lin, 72, expressed gratitude for the support he received recently and for many worried questions about his health, reiterating that Taiwan had no use for Nuke 4.

“The disputes about Nuke 4 should not be ‘whether one wants electricity or not,’ but ‘whether you value your life or not,’” said Lin, who stressed that the plant would only be responsible for 6 percent of Taiwan’s electricity sources and could be replaced in many ways. “Even if we have not settled on a replacement yet, the amount of power people have to learn how to save is relatively small. Is something this minor worth losing your life, ruining the land and putting your descendants in danger?” Lin demanded. Regarding the Nuke 4 accidents and the plant’s controversial and dishonest construction, the only safe thing for the plant is to halt its construction, said Lin. “We have struggled for 30 years on a decision that should not be hard to make, but to no avail; this is foolish and unnecessary. It is time for us to end the foolishness and end the disputes.” Lin will begin his hunger strike at the Yi-kuang Church, which was built on the site of his former residence that he scrapped after his twin daughters and mother were allegedly murdered for his involvement in the 1979 Formosa Magazine incident.

The DPP has also reiterated its stance against the usage of nuclear power with the proposal of a referendum bill draft concerning the nearly finished plant. The draft will follow majority rule instead of limitations set by the Referendum Act, which requires half of the nation’s legitimate voters to participate for effective results.