Newspaper article China Post

Protests Continue, Plan to Raze Dapu May Too

Newspaper article China Post

Protests Continue, Plan to Raze Dapu May Too

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Residents and farmers of Miaoli County's Dapu village began a nightlong protest yesterday evening as a government plan to raze their homes may still be carried out.

The protest was led by nongovernmental group Taiwan Rural Front (TRF, [...]).

According to Miaoli County Magistrate Liu Cheng-hung ([...]), the county will send its personnel to seek a consensus with the residents of Dapu, but stressed that "what needs to be torn down will be."

Demonstrations have not died down since the Cabinet announced that it had asked the Miaoli government to cooperate with the Ministry of the Interior's (MOI) plans to demolish farming residences to make way for an urban development project. Protesters accuse the government of backtracking on a promise it made three years ago that the village would not be touched by the project.

The project blueprint includes a science and industrial park in Dapu. Twenty households in the area covered by the plan are satisfied with the government's request for relocation and the compensation offered, while four are refusing to move. The scheduled July 5 destruction of the homes was suspended last week by Vice President Wu Den-yih ([...]).

"No one responsible (for the urban development plan) had called the farmers involved in the incident and there had been no visits from the Miaoli County Government," said TRF spokeswoman Tsai Pei-huei ([...]), who noted that the group had gleaned information about the possible demolition in spite of a lack of government notifications.

Sources have revealed that Miaoli police are no longer off-duty after the demolition was ordered to be halted on July 4. The Miaoli government has also applied for support from police forces today and tomorrow, as well as a two-week authorization period for access to the streets of Dapu from today to July 15. These all hint that the demolition may begin today, said Tsai.

"The Dapu Self-Help Association will stage an overnight protest starting at 10 p. …

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