Tue, Nov 02, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Protesters condemn Lee Teng-hui, TSU in Taipei

DPA , TAIPEI

A group of activists opposing independence yesterday rallied outside the Taipei headquarters of the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), condemning both the party and its "spiritual leader," former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), for promoting an official split with China.

"Shame on you, Lee Teng-hui, get back to Japan where you belong," shouted several dozen emotional protesters who hurled eggs and burned the portrait of the ex-leader to express their anger over Lee and the party.

"Taiwan is now manipulated by a group of clowns," said organizer Wang Lan (王蘭), head of the Grand Alliance to Safeguard the Republic of China.

She said Lee and the TSU are doing all they could to provoke war with Beijing by promoting an official split with China, which she claimed will only destroy Taiwan.

Lee has been at the forefront of actively promoting Taiwan independence since being expelled by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) in 2001.

The protesters also torched a Japanese national flag along with Lee's portrait, saying Lee is actually "Japan's slave" who should return to Japan.

The crowd then lashed out at Japan for killing a number of Chinese people during the Sino-Japanese war in the 1940s.

The protesters later dispersed after several rounds of brief scuffles with police. There were no reports of injuries.

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