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Ketagalan to suffer blue camp return

DEJA BLUE A PFP legislator has gotten a permit for a candlelight protest in front of the Presidential Office on the US' Independence Day

By Huang Tai-lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Crowds of pan-blue demonstrator are likely to return to Ketagalan Boulevard on Sunday night now that People First Party (PFP) Legislator Yang Fu-mei (楊富美) has received approval to use the venue to hold a rally.

The candlelight event will run from 6pm to 9:30pm, with a primary focus on "pursuing the truth of the election" -- a slogan that has been promoted by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)-PFP alliance in its effort to challenge the results of the presidential election.

"The event will be carried out in a peaceful manner as we press our appeal," said Chen Hsin-ju (陳信儒), Yang's aid, adding that the date for the rally was chosen to coincide the US' Independence Day -- "because this fits in with our appeal to propagate democracy in its true essence."

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and his running mate Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), defeated KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and PFP Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) by a narrow margin.

open question

Claiming the election was "unfair," Lien refused to concede defeat and the KMT-PFP alliance staged a series of large-scale protests between the election and April 10 in front of the Presidential Office.

Both the PFP and the KMT headquarters said they had no prior knowledge of the event, but KMT Spokeswoman Kuo Su-chun (郭素春) said yesterday that the Sunday gathering is an event initiated by the legislator.

Chen Hsin-ju said that the event was expected to attract in excess of 300 people. Given that Soong is out of the country and that Lien is likely to be preoccupied with his "thanksgiving tour," which is slated to take him to southern Taiwan this weekend, the identity of potential participants in the event remains an open question.

`mysterious'

Meanwhile, still refusing to let go of the election-eve assassination attempt on Chen Shui-bian and Lu, Lien yesterday urged Chen to "repent and be saved" (回頭是岸) and "stop running away from the shooting incident."

Chen and Lu were both lightly wounded in the assassination attempt, which occurred on March 19 in Tainan. Calling the incident "mysterious," the KMT-PFP alliance has claimed that the shooting was staged in order to win sympathy votes for Chen.

ballistics

"Chen should turn passiveness into initiative and help push for the formation of an independent task force to investigate the shooting and let the truth come to light," Lien said.

Lien made the remarks at the party's weekly Central Standing Committee meeting yesterday after receiving a report delivered by retired army general Shui Hua-ming (帥化民).

Shui said that his findings were based on ballistics tests conducted in the US.

Shui said the data they obtained from their tests are similar to those released by the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) -- except for a few points.

data

Shui said that the testing showed that in the case of a homemade 8mm lead bullet being fired from a homemade 9mm handgun with a smooth-bore barrel -- and with a bullet velocity lower than 162m per second -- a cartridge casing could not be automatically ejected and the gun could not be fired consecutively.

Therefore, Shui said, the CIB's conclusion that "there was only one criminal with one gun and two bullets" could not stand.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Chen offered to find "the world's best marksman" so that the shooting could be duplicated -- with Lien standing in for Chen -- to determine if it were possible to stage such a shooting.

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