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construction of a 4th nuclear plant, in front of the Taipei Railway
station in Taipei, 28 April 2014. (Reuters)
by Jenny W. Hsu, Wall Street Journal, 28 April 2014
Police in Taipei Used Water Cannons to Evict Thousands of Antinuclear Protesters
Police in Taipei used water cannons to evict thousands of protesters demonstrating against a new nuclear power plant on Monday morning, hours after the Taiwan government agreed to suspend construction of a new reactor.
The police action—which didn't result in any arrests—began shortly before 3 a.m. after police said the 3,000 protesters ignored several warnings to leave a main thoroughfare outside the Taipei Railway Station. Protesters remained seated or lying on the eight-lane street when police moved in.
Nuclear power has been a contentious issue in Taiwan for decades, with the island dependent on imports to meet most of its energy needs.