The China Post
Date: November 15, 2016
By: Stephanie Chao
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Several dozen people demonstrated outside the Transportation Ministry Monday,
demanding that it not allow Taoyuan Aerotropolis planning to proceed to the review stage until the scale of land expropriation for the ambitious project be reduced.
The protesters, from the Taoyuan Aerotropolis Anti-Eviction Alliance, accused the ministry of holding “fake public hearings” earlier this year, saying the three days of meetings in late April and early May failed to reach a consensus and produced substandard meeting points that the government never followed up on.
“The government is now seeking to sneak the project plans through by sending the proposal to the Interior Ministry’s land acquisition review team without making any of the constructive changes suggested by affected locals,” alliance spokesman Tien Chi-feng said.
The aerotropolis, a large-scale project based around the Taoyuan airport that is intended to become a regional hub for transportation, manufacturing and logistics, has faced fierce opposition from people living on land included in the development’s borders. [FULL STORY]