The public should therefore take aim at these elected officials by removing their mandate and subjecting them directly to the people’s judgment. Only by dismantling the KMT’s power structure can fear be struck into the heart of the power-hungry Ma.
The public has the right to demand that each and every one of the KMT mayors and commissioners of three municipalities and 12 counties and county-level cities state their positions on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant and the service trade agreement.
The opposition alliance, for its part, has a duty to ally itself with civic groups and make preparations for launching recall campaigns in constituencies all around the country. If the opposition parties prove to be all talk and no action, if they just dilly-dally and fail to impose checks and balances on the government, then it is time to recognize that a new party has arisen in the shape of all the selfless and public-
spirited civic groups and individuals who have joined the fight for justice in recent weeks.
This new party has the potential to supersede the established ones and become a new guiding force in Taiwan.
Translated by Julian Clegg