Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (
"If the Taipei City Government insists on making the roads around the Presidential Office an interdiction area and positions barricades and riot police there, it will only harm the image of Taiwan's democracy and expose Ma's inability to shoulder the responsibility of ensuring the president's safety," DPP Secretary-General Lee Yi-yang (
Lee said that the march tomorrow will be a "carnival-like event" and that music and poetry recitations will feature prominently in the rally at the main gathering place, which was initially scheduled to be on Ketagelan Boulevard.
None of the political figures and government officials taking part in the march will step on the rally stage and make speeches, he said.
"This is not a political activity, but more of a cultural activity that aims to express the voice of the people of Taiwan," Lee said. "We hope Ma will reconsider his decision, and we think it is inappropriate for him to relate tomorrow's march to the pan-blue camp's protest at the same place last March."
Backtracking on its previous announcements, the Taipei City Government denied permits for participants to gather on Ketagelan Boulevard, in the north and south squares in front of the Presidential Office and on part of Chungching S Rd. This decision will prevent about 230,000 people from rallying in these locations, Lee said.
"We will keep communicating with the city government," Lee said. "But with or without Mayor Ma's permission, one thing that is certain is that we won't hold an event that violates the law."
According to Lee, the march set for tomorrow will start from 10 different places in Taipei City at about 2:30pm, with each route dubbed a different name, to symbolize confronting the 10 clauses of China's law.
The names of the 10 groups are the "Protecting Democracy Team," "Peace-Loving Team," "Freedom-Loving Team," "Union-Loving Team," "Protecting the Homeland Team," "Defending Taiwan Team," "Anti-Aggression Team," "Anti-Threat Team," "Anti-Annexation Team" and "Anti-Missile Team."
Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) will join in the seventh route as part of the "Anti-Aggression Team," which has been organized by pro-independence groups. Before hitting the road, the former president will give a speech to the ninth route for the "Anti-Annexation Team," which has been organized by the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) and will be led by TSU Chairman Shu Chin-chiang (蘇進強).
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) will take the first route with the "Protecting Democracy Team," and all the teams will lead to Ketagalan Boulevard where two "spiritual forts" will be constructed.
One fort will be a white "democratic pearl" which symbolizes the peace-loving spirit of Taiwan. The second fort will be a red sea-urchin-like globe with pointed spikes, symbolizing authoritarian China and the missiles that it has directed against Taiwan.
The rally is scheduled to end at about 6pm, according to Lee.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu