Sun, May 20, 2012 - Page 1 News List

MA’S RE-INAUGURATION: Thousands take part in anti-Ma rally

JUST RUMOR:Despite suggestions that People First Party Chairman James Soong might make an appearance at the protests to highlight cross-party support, he was a no-show

By Chris Wang  /  Staff reporter

Many of the protesters dressed in purple and yellow, the colors chosen for the rally, with purple representing the oppressed and yellow public anger.

Speakers representing students, pig farmers, academics and housewives spoke on stage about how their lives had changed for the worse under Ma before politicians from the DPP and Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) addressed the crowd.

Hsu Shih-jung (徐世榮), a professor at National Cheng Chi University, said the government had betrayed the people in many ways, particularly in its implementation of land expropriation.

The rally was the highlight of a string of anti-Ma protests over the past week, but the demonstrations did not end last night.

Some said they would stay overnight at Taipei Railway Station and then take part in a TSU-sponsored protest scheduled for today, in which protesters will march to the end of Chongqing S Rd and get as close as possible to the Presidential Office to throw eggs at a giant LCD screen showing Ma’s inauguration.

Meanwhile, DPP branches nationwide are set to hold a number of activities today as a continuation of the party’s protest against Ma.

According to the Taipei police, more than 1,500 police officers were deployed yesterday to maintain security during the protest, while another 1,960 police officers were on standby. Police estimated 55,000 people took part in the rally.

Additional reporting by Rich Chang and Chiu Chun-fu

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