Sat, Nov 15, 2008 - Page 3 News List

DPP supporters to rally in Taipei in support of Chen

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

"The judiciary is unfair,” hundreds of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters chanted yesterday as they held up placards in front of the Taipei Detention Center in Tucheng (土城), Taipei County, to protest against the arrest and detention of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).

The protesters, led by the director of the Taipei branch of the DPP, Huang Chin-lin (黃慶林), condemned President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration and prosecutors for detaining Chen without legitimate reason and urged prosecutors to release him.

“We need fair procedure and a just judiciary,” Huang and the other protesters shouted outside the center.

Several DPP Taipei County councilors also led supporters to show their support for Chen. More than 500 police were dispatched to the site to prevent violent clashes.

The court detained Chen on Tuesday after a six-month investigation into graft allegations against the former president. Chen has denied any wrongdoing.

Huang yesterday said the DPP would hold a large “evening party” at Taipei’s Yuanshan Park (圓山公園) next Saturday in support of Chen, adding that the demonstration would proceed even though the Taipei City Government had refused to grant the party a permit.

In response, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said yesterday that the city government would grant rally permits to any organization that applied using the proper procedures.

Taipei City’s Parks and Street Lights Office said it had granted the DPP a permit to use the park.

Hung Sheng-kun, commissioner of Taipei City’s Police Department, said the department would grant the DPP a rally permit as long as it followed the regulations.

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