Thu, Nov 29, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Parents upset over giant billboard at Yonghe love motel

`PERVERSE POSITION' Concerned parents and NGOs say the three-story ad is a bad influence for the neighborhood kids and must be removed

By Jenny W. Hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

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 (張慶忠) was unavailable for comment, but his secretary, Chen Chia-chang (陳家昌), said the lawmaker had nothing to do with Imore Motel.

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 (趙永清), of staging the protest to discredit Chang.

"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.

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