The News Lens
By: Jeffrey Warner
Asia Cement’s permit to mine on indigenous land was renewed in double quick time, leading to mass protests and opening debate over how Taiwan’s government allows big business to ride roughshod over civil rights.
Whiffs of what indigenous activist groups claim is scandalous whirled around the edge of Taroko National Park like Pacific Ocean mists last week as demonstrators staged a week-long blockage of an Asia Cement Corp. (ACC) mine.
The protest dredged up a host of murky issues revolving around how big business has been allowed to trample on indigenous rights. [FULL STORY]