The leader of the anti-President Chen Shui-bian (
Shih Ming-teh (
"Political leaders do not need to worry about me," Shih said at a press conference held at The Mayor's Residence Art Salon. "No one has the right to reap what the people have sown. It's the people's moment."
Regarding the recent speculation about a possible change in the political system amid the ongoing sit-in, Shih said that such development showed that "people power" was finally having an effect through the protests.
"I had said that `people power' will lead to political negotiations," he said. "Standing with the people, I will be watching the conclusion of the consultations simply as an observer."
Shih also took the opportunity to deny rumors that he had met with former president Lee Teng-hui (
Asked whether he would accept the outcome of ongoing political negotiations, Shih said that it was too early to tell.
Shih has said that there is no "exit strategy" for the sit-in and that he will not call off the campaign unless the president steps down.
While repeating that he would not interfere with any political consultations, Shih expressed his support for a parliamentary system, because the current semi-presidential system had allowed Chen to abuse his power.
"I suggested to Chen in 2004 that he should adopt a parliamentary system, but he favors a presidential system," he said.
Meanwhile, the anti-Chen campaign yesterday announced that it will hold a large-scale rally on Sept. 30, which they hope will attract more than 300,000 protesters, according to Chan Che (
Details of the rally route have not yet been decided, Chang said.
The campaign will need to leave the Ketagalan Boulevard as of midnight Wednesday, when the area will be cleared through Oct. 12 for the preparation, celebration and cleanup from the Double Ten National Day ceremony.
The Taipei City Police Department said that it had approved the camp's application to hold events in front of the former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) headquarters on the east end of Ketagalan Boulevard next Thursday and Friday.