Civic groups and parents took to the streets in Taipei County yesterday, demanding a love motel take down a racy billboard and calling on the venue's alleged main investor, a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmaker, to relocate the motel immediately.
KMT Legislator Chang Chin-chung (
Chen accused the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of staging the protest as part of a smear campaign.
Wu Tung-chieh (吳東傑), the head of NGO Green Formosa Front and who spearheaded the protest, demanded that the three story billboard showing a woman and man in a "perverse position" be taken down within one month and the motel relocated from the Yonghe (永和) neighborhood.
"This is a residential area with several elementary schools nearby. Many parents bought their homes here because they wanted their children to have an environment conducive to learning. The motel and its billboard are a disgusting blemish in this neighborhood," he said.
One parent who spoke on condition of anonymity said he did not care what went on inside the motel, but said that people loitering in front of the motel at night were a problem.
"Girls wearing extremely skimpy clothing hugging and kissing men is not what I want my children to be exposed to," he said.
The parent said he had done volunteer work at a local school for several years and that he had repeatedly heard kids make sexual jokes about the motel since it opened five years ago.
Wu said that the main investor in the motel was Hanhsi Construction Company, in which he said Chang is the biggest shareholder.
Chang's office rebutted the accusation, accusing Chang's DPP rival in the legislative elections, Chao Yong-ching (
"Chang has nothing to do with the motel, as he has never invested a single penny in it. This is just one of Chao's dirty tricks," Chen said.
Chao responded to Chen's accusations yesterday, saying that he was not connected to the protest.
Chao also said, however, that Chang should take responsibility for his actions, without being more specific.
Wu said that his organization was pan-green, but was not acting on instructions or suggestions from Chao.