Sun, Mar 27, 2005 - Page 1 News List

Standing up for peace

In what is being called the largest protest to ever be held in a single city in Taiwan, around 1 million people turned out on the streets to protest China's `Anti-Secession' Law

By Jewel Huang and Huang Tai-lin  /  STAFF REPORTERS

Chen has in the past blasted China's Anti-Secession Law as a "law of aggression" that sabotages cross-strait and regional stability. He said on Thursday that he would take part in the protest to "shout `we want democracy, love and peace' to the other side of the Strait."

After marching for about 25 minutes, the president arrived at Ketagelan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office and, once again, drew thunderous cheering from the hundreds of thousands of protesters who were already at the site.

Chen then left the scene, before reappearing at 5:15pm, taking the stage alongside the 34 conveners of the event, chanting "oppose aggression, love peace and protect Taiwan."

Keeping his word that he would not deliver a speech at the rally, Chen merely chanted slogans and sang songs along with the crowds.

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