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Chen Chu says Taiwanese are all in the same boat

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate for the Kaohsiung mayoral election, Chen Chu (陳菊) yesterday released her campaign promotional film, in which she urged people to shake hands with each other instead of making a fist to show their political position.

The campaign staged by former DPP chairman Shih Ming-teh (施明德), has used the trademark "thumbs-down" sign to symbolize the demand for President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) resignation, while a "thumbs-up" has been used as a sign of support for Chen.

In Chen Chu's film, a hand giving a "thumbs-down" and another hand giving a "thumbs-up" hold each other, followed by a slogan that reads "Here, there are no enemies but compatriots."

"To give a thumbs-down or a thumbs-up you have to clench your fist. I wish that people would open their fists and shake hands with each other instead," Chen said.

She said that all Taiwanese people are in the same boat, and therefore "we don't have to distinguish each other by different signs and colors."

Meanwhile, Chen again made an appeal to Shih to end the month-long anti-Chen campaign which she said had already split society.

Chen said that she very much admired the concept of "great reconciliation" that Shih brought up in 1995 and couldn't figure out why Shih had shifted to a position of "great confrontation."

"I felt sad that today in our society people have replaced reconciliation with animosity. We should recover love and forgiveness as they can make us cherish our hard-earned democracy and return social stability," Chen said.

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