Tao people want nuclear waste off Orchid Island without delay

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/29
By: Flor Wang and Elaine Hou

Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) A group of indigenous Tao people and anti-nuclear activists protested in front of the Executive Yuan Friday, demanding that the government move its nuclear waste storage facility off Orchid Island.

The protesters also rebuffed a government offer of NT$2.55 billion (US$83.6 million) in compensation to residents of the island.

They chanted slogans demanding the relocation of the facility away from the island off Taitung County that is home to the Tao people, also known as the Yami, and made it clear that they will never give up that goal, accusing the government of trying to buy them off ahead of major elections.

Speaking in his mother tongue in a news conference, Capen Nganaen, a Tao tribal elder and a policy adviser to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), said through an interpreter that he accepted the post with the hope of holding more in-depth dialogue with the government.    [FULL  STORY]

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