Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members competing with Taipei City Councilor Wang Shih-chien (王世堅) in the party’s Taipei council election primary may be facing an uphill battle.
Wang catapulted to fame for shouting in English: “Over my dead body,” when earlier this month he faced off with former gang leader Chang An-le (張安樂), who on April 1 mobilized about 2,000 people to oppose the student-led Sunflower movement.
Also known as the “White Wolf” and the chairman of the China Unification Promotion Party, Chang had demanded that the students end their “illegal” occupation of the legislative chamber and “return the legislature.”
To protect the students, Wang had organized a defensive line with fellow DPP Taipei councilors and during the stand-off, he shouted the now infamous words that if Chang wanted to charge into the Legislative Yuan he “would have to go in over my dead body.”
The confrontation was captured on TV and went viral within a few hours, viewed 70,000 times in one day.
In the DPP primary for the year-end seven-in-one elections, Wang is to go up against Huang Hsiang-chun (黃向群), Liang Wen-chieh (梁文傑), Huang Ching-lin (黃慶林) and Yen Ruo-fang (顏若芳) for the Zhongshan (中山) and Datong (大同) districts.
Former premier Frank Hsieh’s (謝長廷) son, Hsieh Wei-chou (謝維洲), is also vying for party nomination.
When asked about the influence of Wang’s comment on his popularity, Huang Ching-lin said: “It’s an effect no amount of money can buy.”
Huang Hsiang-chun said that Wang had always been a “magnet for votes” and would pass the primary.