Sun, Mar 12, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Blue bigwigs to come out in force

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

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 (馬英九). It will start at the Songshan Tobacco Factory and ends on Ketagelan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office.

Other pan-blue camp leaders, including former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰), Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) and New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) will all attend to support the rally and deliver speeches to condemn the government for its corruption and neglect of economic issues.

The KMT failed to win the support of Non-Partisan Solidarity Union members, including its chairwoman Chang Po-ya (張博雅) and Legislator May Chin (高金素梅).

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

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 (蘇進強) will attend the parade, but other party heavyweights including President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and Premier Su Chen-chang (蘇貞昌) have not yet said whether they will participate. Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) said yesterday that he will not attend the march due to another event he must attend the same day.

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.

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