As part of the Double Ten National Day celebrations next week, the Taipei City Government is set to hang up large posters defending the nation’s sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) and hand out 18,000 stickers to encourage the public to join the nationalistic effort.
Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said that, as the local government of the nation’s capital, the Taipei City Government was obligated to join the central government in asserting the nation’s right to the islands, adding that the initiative aims to raise the issue with both overseas Taiwanese and foreign guests.
“Compared with other nations, Taiwanese have expressed their sovereignty over the islands in a more rational and modern way, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a voice or that we will make compromises on the issue,” he said at Taipei City Hall yesterday.
Large posters with Chinese and English words that read “Republic of China National Day” and “Diaoyutai Islands, Taiwan, ROC” will be hung on the walls of the Taipei City Hall building and at Taipei Main Station MRT, as well as at Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station from Monday to Oct. 28.
The city government also plans to give out 18,000 stickers in three different sizes, which can be obtained at 12 district offices from Monday morning. The stickers will also available at the flag-raising ceremony that will take place in front of the Taipei City Hall on the morning of the National Day, Department of Civil Affairs commissioner Huang Lu Ching-ju (黃呂錦茹) said.
“People can put the stickers wherever they want to express their support of the issue. Both the posters and the stickers are in Mandarin and English, so that the message can be delivered to both local residents and foreign guests who attend Double Ten Day celebrations,” Hau said.
In celebration of the upcoming Double Ten Day on Wednesday next week, Huang Lu said the city government will hang up about 5,800 national flags along 83 major roads starting on Monday.