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Taiwan farmers protest outside of Presidential Office

Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2010-07-18

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Representatives of Miaoli County farmers protesting against the government expropriation of their land were allowed to enter the Presidential Office Building for two minutes Sunday after an overnight sit-in event.

The Miaoli County Government’s plan to take over 28 hectares of farmland in the village of Tapu for the expansion of Chunan Science Park has met with strong opposition from farmers who accuse the government of colluding with Big Business.

The representatives demanded amendments to the laws ruling the expropriation of land, a conference about farmers and land rights within six months, and safeguards for the protection of valuable land.

The farmers began their protest on Saturday and spent the night on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office Building. They turned part of the wide road into a field by rolling out patches covered with plants while also paying their respects to farming deities. (for more, click http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=1322247&cate_img=logo_taiwan&cate_rss=TAIWAN_eng)