An anti-arms procurement alliance yesterday vowed to stage a protest outside the Legislative Yuan today to counter a march organized in support of the long-stalled arms procurement bill.
"I believe every Taiwanese citizen loves the country, but we'd like the public to know who loves this country more. Is it those who want to spend a lot of money buying more weapons or is it those who want to spend the money improving people's livelihoods," said Kuo Chung-yi (
Kuo said that their demonstration, scheduled for 4pm today, has been organized to counter the march supporting the arms procurement package and to convince the public that a weapons race will only worsen the already volatile cross-strait relations.
The pro-arms procurement march is scheduled for 3pm today in support of the stymied arms bill and to protest against legislative procrastination. The bill has been blocked by the pan-blue camp, which enjoys a slim majority in the legislature, for over a year.
Organizers of the pro-arms procurement rally hope to see a turnout of 5 million.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the Taiwan Solidarity Union and World United Formosans for Independence have promised to attend the event in great numbers.
Hsiao Chung-han (
"No matter what the amount of the arms procurement budget is, it is still taxpayers' money," Hsiao said.
While Hsiao said that he is not adverse to President Chen Shui-bian's (
Echoing Hsiao's opinion, Wang Hsiao-min (
Chin Hui-chu (
"I hope the DPP administration will listen to the voices of the people, most of whom are against the arms procurement plan," she said. "I hope the DPP government sucks up not only to the US but also to the people."
Responding to the US government's concerns over the long-delayed arms procurement bill, KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (