KMT head slams government amid protests over Japanese food imports

Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (???) and her party supporters took to the streets Sunday to protest against a proposed lifting by the government of a ban on imports of food products from radiation-affected areas of Japan.

Standing among several senior KMT officials on Ketagalan Boulevard, Hung accused President Tsai Ing-wen (???) and her government for considering allowing imports of banned Japanese food products at the expense of the health of Taiwan's people, adding that she will initiate a recall campaign against Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers who support lifting the ban.

"We can no longer tolerate this," she shouted, calling for the government to have a "rational discussion" of the issue.

The KMT rally began with protesters marching from Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to the Ministry of Finance building.

Meanwhile, protests also erupted outside the venue of a public hearing on imports of controversial Japanese food products in New Taipei's Xindian District.

The meeting, organized by the Executive Yuan, barely got started as various civic groups, including the Green Citizens' Action Alliance, Mom Loves Taiwan, and Homemakers United Foundation, broke into the event to decry the discussion as illegal because a public notice had not been published 14 days prior to the date of the meeting.

Chu Tseng-hung (???), who was assigned to chair the event, told reporters that the hearing would have to be postponed, as repeated interruptions made it impossible for the event to take place as originally scheduled.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel