The pan-blue camp yesterday announced plans to file a civil lawsuit against President Chen Shui-bian (
The opposition parties claim Chen has defamed Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (
KMT Legislator Liao Feng-te (
Liao said the KMT and PFP will commission lawyer Lee Fu-tien (
"The information we received at that time never signaled a coup. Someone attempting to shoot the president was the real coup," Liao said.
Liu said that it was normal for soldiers to take a day off because of illness, and that this could not be used as evidence of a coup.
"It is a fraudulent remark for President Chen to say that Lien and Soong asked high-ranking officers to call in sick and attempt a soft coup, which has insulted Taiwan," Liu said.
In response to the pan-blue camp's lawsuit, Presidential Office Secretary-General Su Tseng-chang (
"People should recall who caused this trail of disturbances to serve personal interests. I urged people to terminate the disorder caused by Lien and Soong with their votes," Su said.
Earlier yesterday, Chen said that his claim of a "soft coup d'etat" in the wake of the March presidential election was not unfounded.
Chen was speaking at a special news conference held before the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) weekly Central Standing Committee meeting.
"I have made a thorough investigation of the people, location and time. And people who were involved in the incident have also confessed," Chen said.
He said that he had mentioned the incident to remind people that the disorder created by Lien and Soong had not been limited to the riots at the Presidential Office, but that they also attempted to trigger disparity between the military and the government.
Chen added that the pan-blue riots were suspected to have been based on collusion with China, because China's Taiwan Affairs Office (
"That's the way they worked together," Chen said.
He again attributed the failure of the coup to his long-term efforts to depoliticize the military.
"No matter how chaotic the legislature and the news media are, as long as our military is stable, the country is stable," Chen said.
He said that some people did not realize that they were playing with a fire that would consume them.
"For the sake of the country's consolidation and stability, and to avoid more confrontation, we were willing to look at these historical incidents with tolerance and learn the lessons from them," Chen said.