Hong Kong holds Candlelight Vigil for Victims in Japan

Greenpeace urges SAR government to suspend nuclear expansion proposal

Press release - 2011-03-21
Over 500 Hong Kong citizens, legislators and social groups joined Greenpeace’s Candlelight Vigil in Central Statue Square tonight to offer condolences and support for the victims of the massive earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan. Participants shared their grief, questioned the safety of nuclear, and urged the SAR government to acknowledge the inherent risks of nuclear energy and immediately halt the nuclear expansion proposal.

Over 500 Hong Kong citizens, legislators and social groups joined Greenpeace’s Candlelight Vigil in Central Statue Square to offer condolences and support for the victims of the massive earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan.

The candlelight vigil began with a one-minute silent tribute. People expressed their grief for the people of Japan and the humanitarian and nuclear disaster. They also voiced their dissatisfaction and questioned the government for its ignorance of nuclear's vulnerabilities.

Greenpeace campaigner Prentice Koo said, "Since disaster hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors a week ago, Secretary of Environment Mr. Edward Yau has been avoiding the public's concerns about the risks of nuclear and failed to face the "inconvenience truth" that Fukushima raised around the world. He should immediately respond to public concern about the plan to increase Hong Kong's reliance on nuclear energy, and stop being politically and morally irresponsible."

Greenpeace invited Mr. Yau to attend the candlelight vigil, but he turned down the opportunity for "other commitments". Legislators Ms. Audrey Eu and Mr. Kam Nai Wai both criticized the government for not responding to people's worries on nuclear energy. They urged the government to conduct an independent safety assessment on the Daya Bay nuclear plant and to suspend any nuclear expansion proposal immediately.

Prentice Koo mentioned that greeting cards collected at the event would be sent to victims in Japan via the Post Crisis Counseling Network, who also joined the vigil. Greenpeace will continue to follow the nuclear disaster in Japan closely and further actions will be considered to escalate the pressure on the SAR government.

Other contacts:

Greenpeace Campaigner Prentice Koo
Tel: 2854 8303
Email: wkoo [at] greenpeace [dot] org

Greenpeace Communications Officer Josephine Ng
Tel: 2854 8332
Email: jng [at] greenpeace [dot] org

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