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DPP promotes itself at annual meet

By Rich Chang  /  Staff Reporter, with CNA

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday unveiled a short film to reinforce its stance on solidarity with the people one day ahead of its annual party convention.

The film of just over three minutes showcases the collective mindset of Taiwanese, who talk about the problems they face and their hopes for the future, DPP spokesperson Wang Min-shen (王閔生) told a press conference.

The party also hopes to adjust its structure, improve communications between internal organizations and build a better image at the meeting, Wang added.

Among those featured in the film were Taiwanese rapper Dog G (大支) who expressed hope that people would stop adhering to the deep split between the pan-green and pan-blue camps and instead judge things based on social justice.

Since the January presidential election in which the DPP’s Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) lost to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) by about 800,000 votes, or around 6 percentage points, the DPP has kept up pressure on the Ma administration, especially over its policy to raise fuel and electricity prices and push to allow imports of US beef containing the banned feed additive ractopamine.

Saying the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) was not listening to the people, Wang said the DPP stands on the people’s side and is doing its utmost to listen to the opinions of individuals from all sectors of society.

He said the DPP will also mobilize grassroots power, play a leading role on major issues and cultivate fresh talent in order to prepare for a return to power.

Today’s party convention, to be held under the banner “March forward, Taiwan!” (前進吧,台灣!), will elect members of the party’s Central Standing and Central Executive committees.

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