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KMT group urges Chen to resign

SCANDALS Members of the party's 567 Alliance protested noisily on Ketagelan Boulevard, calling on the `corrupt' president to step down

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Members of the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) 567 Alliance protest outside the Presidential Office yesterday, calling for President Chen Shui-bian to step down following allegations of his son-in-law's involvement in an insider trading scandal. The square signs bear the Chinese character for corruption crossed through, and the man in the center is holding a mock letter of resignation.

PHOTO: FANG PIN-CHAO, TAIPEI TIMES

Honking horns and yelling out "Everyone shout `bye-bye'" to President Chen Shui-bian ((陳水扁) several Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei City councilor hopefuls and their supporters yesterday protested on Ketagelan Boulevard, demanding the president resign over recent scandals involving officials and his son-in-law.

The KMT's "567 Alliance," a group which represents the party's younger elements, yesterday gathered in front of the Presidential Office with dozens of cars. They honked horns and held protest signs to demand that the president "resign from his post with a sense of shame" and asking the government to establish an independent commission to fight corruption.

"A string of recent scandals involving the first family and their in-laws has triggered a disturbance in the society. President Chen should hold himself to higher ethical standards and resign from his post," alliance chief Chang Shi-gang (張斯綱) said yesterday.

KMT Legislator Yao Chiang-lin (姚江臨) said Chen should step down immediately to prevent the situation from deteriorating over the next two years.

"The corrupt government and corrupt Chen Shui-bian, we want you to step down right away!" he said at the protest.

While the alliance demanded Chen's immediate resignation, it did not support a recall motion.

"A recall proposal is likely to cause political clashes between the governing and opposition parties. It would be better for the president to step down voluntarily," Chang said.

The demonstrators, who hadn't applied to hold the event, ended the protest after a clash with police.

They honked their horns when the police held up a warning sign and asked them to leave, but dispersed before the police held up the sign for a third time.

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