The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday it would hold a march against "black gold" in Kaohsiung on March 13, the same day as a march planned by the pan-blue camp.
\n"Since the pan-blue camp doesn't have the guts to address the issue, we, the DPP, feel obligated to take up the cause for the sake of the nation's economic, political and social development," said DPP campaign spokesman Wu Nai-jen (吳乃仁).
\nWu made the remark in response to the pan-blue alliance's move to change the theme of its March 13 rally from "anti-black-gold politics" to "change the president, save Taiwan and oppose Chen Shui-bian" (換總統、救台灣、三一三反扁大嗆聲).
\nThe alliance hopes the rally will draw over 2 million people, seeking to compete with the turnout of the DPP's human-chain rally.
\nPresident Chen Shiu-bian (陳水扁) yesterday mocked the theme of the blue camp's rally.
\n"While they themselves are `black gold,' it's a ridiculous irony that they wanted to organize a march appealing to the eradication of `black gold' politics," Chen told a grassroots campaign rally in Taipei City's Tatung District.
\nWu said the DPP's decision to organize a march against "black gold" shows its determination to eliminate dirty politics.
\n"We're thinking of hanging up the pictures and names of the nation's 10 most wanted fugitives to show the government's determination to catch fugitives and to encourage the public to help the government wipe out `black gold,'" he said.
\nDPP Legislator Chen Chin-jun (
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