Scores of students completed a marathon "kneel to pray for the nation" activity in front of the Presidential Office yesterday to lend support to the ongoing sit-in campaign to pressure President Chen Shui-bian (
Around 100 students, who knelt around an image of Taiwan shaped out of candles, started the 921-minute "kneel-in" at 9:21pm on Thursday night and ended at 12:56pm yesterday.
The students said they crossed their fingers and prayed for the nation and to try to "awaken" the embattled president in the hope that he would answer a spate of corruption and embezzlement allegations against himself, members of his family and senior aides within the 921 minutes.
Several students were unable to sustain the kneeling position during the long "kneel-in" and started to collapse around 8am.
Shih Ming-teh (
He said the fragrant flower is indigenous to Taiwan and represents freshness and vibrancy.
Shih, who was imprisoned for 25 years as a prisoner of conscience during the authoritarian era under the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) administration, said that collapsing was part of developing "tenacity."
He added that people should always stand up after they take a fall.