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Pro-independence TAPA launched in Taipei

By Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Flowers from former president Chen Shui-bian are displayed at the National Taiwan University Alumni Hall in Taipei yesterday as a group of pro-Taiwan independence supporters announced the establishment of the Taiwan Action Party Alliance.

Photo: CNA

The Taiwan Action Party Alliance (TAPA, 一邊一國行動黨) was launched at an event in Taipei yesterday with a number of pan-green camp veterans in attendance in a show of support for the pro-independence group.

The party’s charter calls for “striving for Taiwan to become a sovereign, independent country, and for Taiwan to join as a member country of the UN.”

“Our core foundation is to build up Taiwan as an advanced nation, based on the universal values of freedom, democracy, due process of law, human rights, environmental protection and social justice,” the charter says.

The party was created by groups closely associated with former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) as well as Taiwanese independence advocates.

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), former presidential advisers Peng Ming-min (彭明敏) and Wu Li-pei (吳澧培), former premier Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) and Taiwanese National Party founder Huang Hua (黃華) were among the green camp dignitaries in attendance.

Chen provided a video message that was aired at the launch, saying that he was confident about the new party’s ability to win 1 million votes in next year’s legislative elections, and win at least three seats or surpass the 5 percent threshold required to be allotted legislator-at-large seats.

He would “work as a gardener, watering and tending the TAPA to help it grow and prevent it from drying up,” Chen said.

After a vote of the new party’s members, a list of 15 executive members was announced, although the party said it would operate by consensus and committee decisionmaking, and not be run by a chairperson.

Former National Taipei University of the Arts president Yang Chyi-wen (楊其文) was chosen to be the party’s first convener.

The government must implement real “Taiwanese education,” as the public has not learned much about Taiwan’s history and its people, Yang said.

“This is very unfair on all of us, as the misguided education and teaching of history has led to talk of ‘maintaining the status quo on cross-strait relations,’ but this is unsuitable for Taiwan,” he said.

TAPA member Janice Chen (陳昭姿) read out the party’s declaration, which states: “We are composed of pro-Taiwan groups, with our shared history, and common sense of responsibility and life mission. Our goal is to build Taiwan into a normal, independent country, for us to stand tall proudly alongside all the other nations of the world.”

“The Democratic Progressive Party is no longer a party capable of embracing diverse voices and opinions, but has regressed into a monolithic party where one person has the final say in everything,” the declaration said.

TAPA’s “mandate is to inspire everyone to have the courage to head on ‘Taiwan’s road’ and to live as proud Taiwanese,” it said.

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