A crowd holding fluorescent sticks and positioned to form the letters "VT" for "Victory Taiwan" on Ketagalan Boulevard welcomed the return of a torch relay promoting the nation's UN bid to Taipei last night after an 11-day national tour.
President Chen Shui-bian (
Chen and Lu led one group of supporters down one road, while Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) and running mate Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) led another down a separate road, meeting up on Ketagalan Boulevard for the celebrations.
DPP officials jointly lit a cauldron of oil with the torches, while the crowd cheered "UN for Taiwan, Peace Forever" and "Taiwan jiayou" (加油, an expression of encouragement).
Chang Yi-chan (
UNTA, which organized the torch relay for the DPP, provided electric torches and fluorescent sticks for the crowd.
DPP Culture and Information Department Director Hsieh Hsin-ni (
In related news, Hsieh's campaign office yesterday launched a "one letter per person" campaign, urging citizens to each send one letter to the UN to promote the nation's UN bid.
Dropping a postcard into a mail box yesterday, Lee Ying-yuan (
The postcard was designed by Hsieh's camp and features the faces of people of different ages and nationalities.
Lee said an empty space at the center was intended for the senders to put on a personal photo to show their support of Taiwan's UN application.