Sat, Mar 27, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Religious leaders issue appeal for stability, peace

CNA , TAIPEI

Religious leaders called for civic stability yesterday in the face of the mass protests in Taipei over last Saturday's presidential election result and urged the government to serve justice and fairness by removing all the doubts of the people.

Cardinal Paul Shan (單國璽) and Zen Master Sheng Yen (聖嚴), founder of the Taiwan Buddhist Group Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, made the call in a joint statement.

"The government must make sure justice is fully served, while the opposition camp must remain peaceful for the sake of social stability and national prosperity," they said.

They expressed the hope that the public would stay calm and face the situation rationally and they urged the government to come up with an effective and clear-cut solution to settle the problem.

Stating that all Taiwan's groups, regardless of their religion or ethnicity, should try to respect each other and learn something positive from others, they said that all the people living in Taiwan are members of one big family. They should pursue the common interests of the entire society and seek justice and peace with forgiveness.

Thousands of supporters of the opposition pan-blue alliance have being staging a marathon demonstration in the square in front of the Presidential Office since late Saturday to protest the vote.

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