By: Wu Che-hao and Frances Huang
Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) A group of employees of Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp.’s (台化) Changhua plant staged a protest in front of the Changhua county government building Thursday and clashed with police when they tried to break through a police cordon.
More than 1,000 workers from the plant surrounded the Changhua county government building again after a similar rally staged earlier in the week, expressing their anger about a rejection by the county authorities to extend permits for operations of the plant’s three power generators by a deadline of Sept. 28.
Without the renewed operating permits, the plant is expected to completely shut down Oct. 8, which will leave the workers out of their jobs.
The protesters demanded to meet Changhua Magistrate Wei Ming-ku (魏明谷), and many of them attempted to break through the police cordon, clashing with police and leaving some of them injured. [FULL STORY]