Taiwan: Despite treesit by green party leader, the last giant Songshan Camphor is cut

Police once again clashed with protesters and failed to protect the tree whose legal status still lies before the courts undecided. Police allowed the removal of the tree to go ahead and failed to arrest those who removed the tree. Once again the Taiwan Police have shown total disregard for the legal process when it comes to protecting the environment.

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Protests against the move began Friday morning, when about a dozen
neighborhood residents and environmentalists occupied the area near
the corner of Chunghsiao East Road and Kuangfu South Road, slated to
house the Taipei Dome stadium. On Saturday evening, police removed one
protester who spent 27 hours in the tree.

The man was Calvin Wen, a former Green Party Taiwan official who is the group’s candidate for a legislative by-election on March 28. Green Party secretary-general Pan Han-sheng said the group was still fighting the removal of the tree through the courts, but the city government completely neglected this fact and was going ahead with its action all the same, trying to
create a fait accompli.

The last thing the capital needed was a new sports stadium 2 kilometers from another one, Pan said, referring to the Taipei Arena. The environmentalists want the site of the old cigarette factory to be turned into a city park instead of the 40,000-seat baseball stadium planned for the area.

Mayor Hau Lung-pin, a former Environmental Protection Administration director, was no longer an environmentalist but a tree killer, Pan said. Pan said the environmentalists would not stop their protests just because the last
tree had been taken away.

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ok with itAugust 20th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

this is why im ok with this the OVERWHELMING REASON comphor trees should be removed in bult up areas.. these trees are toxic and are consided weeds in most countries…
On mainland China, virtually all remaining Camphor trees are contained in managed plantation areas, which are regularly and sustainably harvested for seasonal oil production without allowing the trees to form flower or seed.
At least five of the 18 toxic compounds in Camphor are cumulative toxins due to medium or long-term exposure over sustainable timespans (12-15 years or more.)
Increasing numbers of asthmatic or hypersensitive reactions are occurring due to both acute and long-term exposure to Camphor and its 18 component, largely volatile, toxic constituents’ (Australia and U.S.A., California) cumulative toxicity.

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