Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City Councilor Chuang Ruei-hsiung (莊瑞雄), who also serves as director of the DPP’s Taipei branch, yesterday led party city councilors in making 5,000 pastries with red bean fillings meant to symbolize the public’s discontent with the government’s performance, and called on people to join today’s rally against President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration.
The red bean pastries bore the Chinese characters “Huo Da (火大), meaning “fury,” written in strawberry jam, referring to the party’s “Fury” mass rally this afternoon.
“The Ma administration’s incompetence has made Taiwanese suffer from a bad economy, and we have no choice but to express our fury in the rally. If President Ma does not address public concerns, the fury will not subside, and we will not rule out impeaching the president,” he said at a local bakery in Taipei’s Nangang District (南港).
DPP Taipei City Councilor Liu Yao-ren (劉耀仁) said the government’s performance had sparked complaints even within the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), and the rally today should attract a large number of people.
The DPP is expecting a crowd of more than 100,000 for the protest.
DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) has called on the government to respond to the party’s three demands: a Cabinet reshuffle, a rejection of the controversial Next Media Group (壹傳媒集團) deal and a national affairs conference.
The bakery’s owner, surnamed Huang (黃), said the government’s raising of fuel prices and electricity rates had increased the bakery’s monthly overhead by NT$16,000, and said he would join the DPP’s rally to let the government hear the public’s anger.