Four pan-blue heavyweights are slated to join the rally held by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) today to denounce what they called the government's ignorance of "livelihood" issues.
The KMT rally, which carries the theme "Fight for our livelihoods and save Taiwan," will be led by KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (
Other pan-blue camp leaders, including former KMT chairman Lien Chan (
The KMT failed to win the support of Non-Partisan Solidarity Union members, including its chairwoman Chang Po-ya (
Due to today's rally, the Taipei City Transportation Department announced that Ketagelan Boulevard will be closed from 10am to 10pm, and that the parade route along Zhongxiao E Road, Linsen S Road and Renai Road will be closed to traffic between 3pm and 6pm.
More traffic information is available from the department at dot.taipei.gov.tw.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is scheduled to hold its own rally, themed "Defending Democracy and Opposing Annexation," next Saturday. The event is planned as a celebration of the nation's democratic achievements and the president's decision to cease the function of the National Unification Council.
DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun and TSU Chairman Shu Chin-chiang (
DPP spokesman Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) refuted rumors that Lu and Su do not support the parade, saying that they have expressed their support for the event.