Sun, Nov 26, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Female Kaohsiung candidate punches Mayor Ma in face

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER , WITH STAFF WRITER

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was assaulted by an independent Kaohsiung city council candidate yesterday while campaigning for his party's mayoral candidate in the city.

During a campaign event for KMT Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Huang Chun-ying (黃俊英) Chang Ho-yi (張禾宜) rushed toward Ma and punched him in the face chanting "Ma Ying-jeou step down."

Immediately after the incident, Ma was escorted away by bodyguards.

He said it was a minor attack and that he would not consider hiring additional bodyguards.

"It was simply a campaign tactic," Ma said while campaigning for the party's Taipei city councilor candidate in Nankang.

Chang later yesterday held a press conference where she accused Ma of "conniving with his bodyguards to commit physical abuse," claiming this had resulted in her suffering multiple bruising.

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