On the 3rd of October 2010, a blaze broke out in Nanya Technology Corporation’s factory giving rise to Chiayi’s worst industrial accident for 10 years. The resulting pollution in combination with the company’s poor attitude in the wake of the disaster led to strong opposition and disgust from local residents. No one could have imagined the problems with this industrial zone that would be uncovered. Many years ago the Chiayi County Government expropriated the farmland of Zhongyang Village in Xingang Township that it later sold off to the Formosa Plastics Group who established the Zhengyang Industrial Park. At the time, the villagers who simply wanted to continue to farm their ancestral lands expressed their protest by refusing to accept compensation. As time moved on, the period to sue expired and the courts revoked the compensation money, leaving them with neither compensation money nor land. All they were left with was the pollution, environmental damage and a terribly bitter memory.
20 Years of Cruel Expropriation Laws – Zhong Yang Village’s Unspeakable Suffering (By CJ Zhongzheng E Reports)
土地恶法二十年 中洋村苦不堪言 (公民记者 中正E报 报导)