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DPP celebrates its 18th birthday with a costume party

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday held a costume party to celebrate its 18-year-old birthday at the party's birthplace, the Grand Hotel. The President and the DPP senior members all joined in the celebration, sharing their stories about their participation of initiating the DPP when martial law had not yet been lifted.

With the theme of "Growth, Responsibility and Hope," the DPP's mid-autumn costume party featured a warm and familial atmosphere, and participating DPP members dressed up along with their spouses to come to the ball. The DPP's legislative candidates and the nominees for legislative-at-large seats also showed up yesterday evening to boost their campaign momentum.

The DPP's heavyweights -- Presidential Office Secretary-General Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Kaohsiung City Mayor Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), DPP Secretary-General Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) and Premier Yu Shyi-kun -- brought their wives to take part in the party, and shared their memories of fighting for Taiwan's democracy. TV political talk show hosts Clara Chou (周玉蔻) and Cheng Hung-yi (鄭弘儀) served as the party hosts.

On Sept. 28, 1986, a group of intellectuals part of the tangwai (outside the Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT] movement) announced the establishment of the DPP at the Grand Hotel. One year later, although martial law was lifted, the families of founding DPP members still lived under the shadow of persecution.

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