Taiwan Anti-Gaming Activists Target Legislation As Kinmen Eyes IR Poll

A referendum push to approve integrated resorts (IRs) on the Taiwan-controlled island of Kinmen has prompted a counterattack by anti-gambling activists to amend the law and shut down gaming referendums altogether.

The Taiwan Alliance Against the Legalisation of Gambling said on Friday it has begun lobbying for the repeal of Article 10-2 of the Offshore Islands Development Act, which permits the operation of casinos on Taiwan’s outlying islands if a local referendum supports them.

The sudden re-emergence of the alliance and other anti-gambling groups follows reports earlier this month that supporters of casinos in Kinmen County have begun drawing up a petition that would potentially trigger a referendum if 5,000 signatures are collected.

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