Protesters hit by water cannons during their occupation of Zhongxiao West Road in Taipei, April 28. (Photo/CNA)
Traffic got back to normal in front of the Taipei Main Station Monday morning as police continued to monitor small groups of anti-nuclear activists lingering along the streets nearby.
Zhongxiao West Road, the main thoroughfare in front of the railway, high-speed rail and Taipei Metro station, was open in both directions after police took action in the early morning hours to disperse the protesters that had gathered there since Sunday afternoon.
The protesters were demanding that the government scrap the nearly completed fourth nuclear power plant project and lower the voter turnout threshold of national referendums.
Many of the estimated 50,000 protesters left before their permit to hold a demonstration expired at midnight but hundreds refused to evacuate despite repeated police warnings.
The police used water cannons, riot police formations and bare hands to remove the protesters, who shouted and sometimes threw bottles at the officers.
As of 7am, Zhongxiao West Road was mostly cleared off protesters but some of them simply withdrew to the sidewalk and the streets nearby.