Taiwanese protest to demand government scrap nuclear power plant
TAIPEI (AP) - Tens of thousands of Taiwanese have protested to demand that the government scrap a US$10 billion (S$12.5 billion) nuclear power plant that is nearly complete and slated to begin operating in two years.
Taiwan's opposition party has long opposed nuclear power, and public caution over nuclear safety has risen following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan.
The government says halting the project could lead to electricity shortages and has proposed a public referendum to resolve the issue.
But at least half of the eligible voters need to vote for a referendum to pass, which activists say will work against them.