Sat, Mar 31, 2007 - Page 3 News List

KMT ready to rally against anti-Chiang moves

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

In its latest move against the government's anti-Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) campaign, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is set to stage a protest this afternoon on Ketagalan Boulevard, accusing the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of erasing history.

The protest, titled "Love Taiwan, and defend the Republic of China," will begin at 1:30pm on Ketagalan Boulevard and traverse around CKS Memorial Hall before returning to the boulevard.

Video clips documenting life in the 1950s and 1960s and statues of Chiang Kai-shek being removed or damaged will be shown on a big screen, while KMT heavyweights including former KMT chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) will give speeches at the rally, Director of the KMT's Culture and Communication Commission Yang Tu (楊渡) told a press conference yesterday.

"The government has pushed the anti-China and anti-Chiang Kai-shek campaigns for its own interests. We urge the silent masses to join us in saying no to the government's oppression and to strive for our own happiness and prosperity," acting KMT chairman Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤) said.

Saying that the country enjoyed prosperity during the 1950s and 1960s under the rule of Chiang Kai-shek and his son Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), Yang added that the demonstration was aimed at reminding the people of good old times, and promoting the fight against the DPP's campaign that would only create social and ethnic conflict.

KMT Legislator John Chiang (蔣孝嚴), son of Chiang Ching-kuo, vowed to defend his family's legacy, and said he would sue Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) for tearing down a statue of Chiang Kai-shek.

"I urge all participants to wear blue to the rally and let the DPP know that they are wrong. If it doesn't adjust its policies, both the wonderful past and the future will both disappear," he said.

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