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Pro-independence radio show upset by DPP criticism

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Hosts of a pro-independence radio show recently initiated a signature campaign aimed at preventing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members who have criticized the party from being nominated for next year's legislative election.

The campaign, called "Surgical Blade Action," was started by the program Taiwanese Club, aired on many national frequencies.

The action was aimed at members of the DPP's former New Tide faction -- such as former legislators Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康), Lee Wen-chung (李文忠) and Lin Cho-shui (林濁水), and Legislators Hong Chi-chang (洪奇昌) and Shen Fa-hui (沈發惠) -- who are known for their outspokenness, and for finding fault with the party's action and rhetoric.

Former legislators Lo Wen-chia (羅文嘉) and Shen Fu-hsiung (沈富雄) and Legislator Kuo Jeng-liang (郭正亮), all of whom do not belong to the faction, were also targeted because they have often criticized the party.

In a recording posted on the campaign's official Web log, one of the hosts nicknamed "A-sheng" (阿生) said: "Many party officials made comments that broke [DPP] supporters' hearts at critical moments. We, as DPP supporters, have put up [with their comments] for a long time. It's time to show our anger."

"If they are the party's nominees or candidates for national constituency in next year's legislative election, we will not vote for them. The DPP is going to lose some [legislative] seats," he added.

A-sheng said he and co-host Chang Tien-chun (章天君) would express their dissatisfaction with the party at DPP headquarters once they hac gathered more than 50,000 signatures.

About 3,700 people participated in the campaign last week.

Participation statistics will be updated this Saturday, according to the campaign's Web log.

A-sheng said he did not want politicians to join the campaign because he didn't want to make it a political campaign.

While answering a media inquiry yesterday, DPP Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said the party respected opinions from all sides, but had its own mechanism to nominate candidates for elections.

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