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Million-people-rally organizers unveil logo

MASS PROTEST The rally's organizers hope to get at least 1 million people to protest nationwide against Chinese intimidation and missiles aimed at Taiwan

By Fiona Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Members of a nationwide campaign group supporting President Chen Shui-bian's re-election bid hold their hands around a map of Taiwan during a press conference yesterday announcing a large-scale campaign parade, scheduled to be held on Feb. 28.

PHOTO: CHIANG YING-YING, TAIPEI TIMES

Pro-independence advocates called for a million Taiwanese people to take to the streets on Feb. 28 to demand that China dismantle hundreds of missiles aimed at Taiwan. They made the call while unveiling a logo for the proposed rally yesterday.

"The national alliance upholding President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) mapped out the rally of 1 million Taiwanese to protect Taiwan on Feb. 28, calling for brave Taiwanese, regardless of their political preferences and racial differences, to show up and pressure Beijing to remove over 500 missiles targeting Taiwan," said Ng Chiau-tong (黃昭堂), who will be in control of the rally.

The rally was proposed in support of a defensive referendum proposed by President Chen, Ng said.

"We look forward to seeing 1 million Taiwanese join in the rally to show our unity and determination to safeguard Taiwan, and support the president in his goal of furthering the nation's advancement on democracy, freedom, peace and civil liberties," he said.

Ng's alliance unveiled the logo designed for the proposed rally yesterday.

"The logo comprises the color green to show Taiwan's prosperity, vitality and a desire for peace; the color orange to illustrate the warmth and sincerity of the rally spirit; and the color black that symbolizes Taiwanese people's long struggle against adversity and external threat," Democratic Progressive Party Deputy Secretary General Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) said.

The national alliance in support of the DPP president planned the 228 rally in reference to 2 million people from Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia rallying together in 1989 to show their determination to be independent from the Soviet Union.

The rally aims at gathering 1 million people on the First Route of Taiwan that connects most cities in western Taiwan, from Keelung to Pingtung County, on Feb. 28 to declare Taiwan's determination to defend itself to the world and Beijing.

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