Pro-independence groups, led by former president Lee Teng-hui (
Lee will hold a news conference on Monday to announce the rally details and outline a long-term plan for pushing for a new constitution and a new official name for the country, World United Formosans for Independence chairman Ng Chiau-tong (
In order to consolidate the power of the pro-independence groups, the Alliance to Campaign for Rectifying the Name of Taiwan and Action for a Taiwanese Constitution will be integrated into the Hand-in-Hand Taiwan Alliance, which organized the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally last year.
According to Ng, Lee will be the alliance's convener, and Examination Yuan President Yao Chia-wen (
Ng said the rally to protest the anti-secession law will basically continue the appeals of 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally, but that the rally will not be as massive as last year's.
Meanwhile, in response to Premier Frank Hsieh's (謝長廷) remarks that "the Executive Yuan will not force itself to push for correcting the country's official name," Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Secretary-General Chen Chien-ming (陳建銘) yesterday criticized it as a passive statement, and said that the TSU could not accept Hsieh's remarks. However, the TSU could understand the ruling party's logic, Chen said.
"The TSU believes that making a new constitution and rectifying the country's official name are definitely issues in the mainstream of public opinion, and they are also a long-term goal for the pan-green camp," he said.
"If the DPP can't do it [change the nation's name], then let the TSU do it," Chen said.
DPP caucus whip Tsai Huang-liang (
Wang Kang-hou (王康厚), financial director of Action for a Taiwanese Constitution said yesterday that he did not want to comment on the government's stance about changing the nation's name. However, he said,the social groups like his will not give up their promises to the country and people of Taiwan.