The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday extended its 24-hour long hunger-strike against passage of an "anti-secession" law in China.
TSU Secretary-General Chen Chien-ming (
The TSU chairman, Shu Chin-chiang (蘇進強), other party officials and legislators began the sit-in at 4pm on Monday.
Wearing a surgical mask and a headband reading "China Invades Taiwan," Su shouted "Oppose aggression, protect Taiwan" while burning the People's Republic of China's flag.
Two Cabinet officials -- Lee Ying-yuan (
Fifty Japanese fans of former president Lee Teng-hui (
Presidential Office Secretary-General Yu Shyi-kun met yesterday afternoon with the 11 TSU representatives on behalf of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) at the Presidential Office. The delegation, led by TSU caucus whip Lo Chih-ming (羅志明), presented a petition urging the president to hold a "defensive referendum."
Saying that he would forward the TSU's appeal to Chen, Yu thanked the TSU for its efforts in recent days in protesting against the Chinese law.
"Claiming to be a `peaceful emerging' nation, China should be a stabilizing force in the Asia-Pacific region; yet with the passage of its anti-secession law, it is becoming the trouble-maker and the root of the region's instability," Presidential Office spokesman Chen Wen-tsung (
Yu also reiterated the president's support for the March 26 rally, but would not say whether Chen would attend it.