Activists fight for Hanben preservation over highway construction plan

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-01-21
By: Chia Lee, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

RCAN, a social movement organization called on the authorities to respect 6730195the archaeological process, find a way to change the route of the project, and allow archeologists more time to expand the site of their archeological dig, in order to better preserve such unique cultural assets.

The Directorate General of Highways (DGH) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) convened the 19th meeting of the “Suhua Highway Improvement Project Supervision Group Discussion” on Wednesday, and was faced with protesters demanding the authorities to change the route of the project, so that the archaeological experts could work to enhance the preservation of the archaeological remains of Hanben culture.

Ten members of the Raging Citizens Act Now (RCAN), a social movement organization advocating environmental protection, gathered in front of the MOTC Wednesday alongside Legislator Tian Chiu-chin, demanding the DGH to change the route of the project and allow archaeologists to expand the excavations and a longer lead time necessary for excavation work.     [FULL  STORY]

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