Tue, Nov 12, 2002 - Page 2 News List

Protest organizers seek apology from DPP legislators

By Tsai Ting-I  /  STAFF REPORTER

Members of the Committee for Action for Labor Legislation protest yesterday against two DPP legislators who accused them of working for China.

PHOTO: GEORGE TSORNG, TAIPEI TIMES

Some 20 members of the Committee for Action for Labor Legislation (工人立法行動委員會) went to the Legislative Yuan yesterday to demand that two DPP legislators who had accused organizers of a workers' demonstration of "working for China" to prove their accusations or resign.

"The two legislators abused their rights of free speech. They just want to distract attention from the government's labor policies," said Ho Yian-tang (何燕堂), director-general of the labor organization.

DPP legislators Lee Ming-hsien (李明憲) and Lee Chen-nan (李鎮楠) held a press conference ahead of Taiwan's 12th annual Autumn March Sunday morning, alleging that the event was organized by "anti-Taiwan forces," including Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and the People's Republic of China.

They alleged that one of the committee's founders, Cheng Tsun-chi (鄭村棋), now director of Taipei's Bureau of Labor Affairs, was manipulating anti-government unrest at the behest of Ma and that he was behind the demonstration.

They also said that the secretary-general of the Chinese Federation of Labor, Wang Juan-ping (王娟萍), is close to the Chinese government, citing her attendance at Chinese national day celebrations in Beijing on Oct 1.

The protesters did not succeed in confronting the two legislators. But DPP legislative whip Wang Tuoh (王拓) promised that he would urge the two to provide explanations for their comments within three days.

Later yesterday, the two legislators, speaking to reporters at the Legislative Yuan, reiterated their worries that Taiwanese workers "may be being manipulated by anti-Taiwan forces."

"We received the information from our friends doing business in China, but we can't release their names," Lee Ming-hsien told reporters.

Ho said that they would continue to protest until the two legislators offer a reasonable explanation.

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