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Thursday, September 14, 2006

War of the Rallies

Looks like it's going to be a war of the rallies in Taipei.

The major news around here lately is that, former chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Shih Ming-teh has been leading an anti-President Chen Shui-bian/anti-corruption campaign to depose President Chen. This has been going on since Saturday, Sepember 9. Shih has said that he is speaking on the behalf of common people who want the president to step down from his post since he has lost the people's trust; President Chen's son-in-law was allegedly involved in a corruption scandal and there has been controversy over the Presidential Office's special allowances.

You can read what Shih Ming-teh had to say when he launched his anti-Chen Shui-bian campaign here. Of course there have been some other developments and changes in the campaign strategy since.

Reactions to Shih Ming-teh's announcement that he was launching an anti-Chen campaign varied. Read about it here.

Pre-premptive anti anti-Chen demonstrations started weeks before Shih's anti-Chen campaign even began. The earliest among these was a demonstration in the 2-28 Peace Park on August 26. There was even a demonstration on the day before the anti-Chen campaign was to officially begin.

This Saturday, the Taiwan Society is organizing a rally to counter Shih's campaign to oust President Chen. I just hope that the situation doesn't deteriorate into physical altercations between the two groups. Tension are running high. Let's hope we don't see displays of the violence and protest, like we did in March of 2004 when Lien and Soong protested the 2004 Presidential election results, or on April 26, 2005 when violence errupted between protestors in the Taiwan Taoyuan airport (then known as the Chiang Kai Shek airport) over Lien Chan's trip to China. The New Party was accused of enlisting gangsters to beat up pan-green supporters. Details were reported here.

Emotions were still running high when Lien Chan returned from his trip on May 3, 2005 after fraternizing with the Chinese Communists.


  • At 9/22/2006 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Reading your comments, I conclude that you are just completely blind to the status of your fallen hero. He has become the epitome of hypocricy, yet you blindly support him, even though he is applying most of the "tactics" you have been accusing the other parties of committing. He had gone back on his own words numerous times and is continuing to do so. Ah-Bien's money grabbing is not only obvious, but his and especially his family's open avarice is just disgusting. Are they justifying this because it's payback time for all the "hard work" they have done? Is this all about money at the end? Perhaps you or your family is currently benefiting from his presence in the office? I hope the majority of the supporters of DPP are not like you since if so there will be no future for the party. That is sad because indeed DPP is needed to provide a counter-balance to the KMT. We don't need another corrupt dynasty that protects its king blindly!

  • At 9/23/2006 3:14 AM, Blogger Feli said…

    Interesting, no where in this posting do I explicitly state any of my personal opinions about President Chen Shui-bian or Shih Ming-teh. The pan-greens started launching preemptive rallies,even before the actual anti-Chen rally began to counteract the anti-Chen rallies. It all seems quite ridiculous to me. I'm not sure if these tactics serve to resolve anything. I just hope that the situation doesn't become so inflamed that riots ensue.


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