Former DPP chairman ends hunger strike against nuclear power (2014/04/30)

Nine days after it began, a hunger strike by former DPP Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung is over. Lin described a government decision to halt work on the plant as progress and said concern from the Taiwanese people led him to end the strike. 

Two days ago, when Lin Yi-hsiung checked into National Taiwan University Hospital for treatment, his condition was frail. Today, nine days into his hunger strike, Lin announced that this stage of his protest is over.

Lin called an announcement by the government to yield to popular opinion and halt work on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant as progress toward the anti-nuclear movement’s goals.

As long as work does not resume, Lin believes the plant will cease to be an issue. Lin said his strike ended in response to concerns from the Taiwanese people.

Members of the DPP expressed relief that Lin is eating again. DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang outlined the party’s future course.

Su Tseng-chang
DPP Chairman
When it becomes official that construction on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant can no longer continue, we will no longer push for a special statute governing the nuclear plant referendum. Instead, we will seek to fix the Referendum Act.

The DPP plans to request that no further money is budgeted for the plant. In the next stage, it will move the battle against nuclear power from the streets to the Legislature.

林義雄身體

聲明表示,核四既然已經決定停工,只要不再復工,「停建核四」已不是議題,為了回應台灣人民的真摯關愛,他決定停止禁食。

兩天前,林義雄走進台大醫院調養,身體已顯得虛弱。終於在禁食第九天的今天,林義雄發表聲明,宣布停止禁食。

林義雄說當權者首度在民意壓力下,宣佈「核四全面停工」,可以說是反核運動的一個階段性成果。

他表示,核四既然已經決定停工,只要不再復工,那麼「停建核四」已不是議題。為了回應台灣人民的真摯關愛,因此他決定停止禁食。

得知林義雄停止禁食的消息,無論是民進黨上上下下都鬆了一口氣。對於未來的下一步,民進黨也已經確立目標。

[[民進黨主席 蘇貞昌]]
現在核四已經不能繼續興建,成為事實的這個時候,就不是推動核四公投特別條例,而是將來補正公投法的問題。

蘇貞昌也說,會要求馬政府不得動支核四預算,並把戰場從街頭拉回立院,接下林義雄的棒子。

 

本文引用自: 民視新聞網 http://englishnews.ftv.com.tw/
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