In an attempt to demonstrate that Taiwanese have the will to defend their country -- and to oppose the pan-blue camp's obstruction of the arms-procurement package -- the Hand-in-Hand Taiwan Alliance is organizing a rally in Taipei this Sunday afternoon that it hopes will attract 30,000 people.
A day after the arms bill was blocked for the 29th time in the Legislative Yuan's Procedure Committee, the alliance held a conference to announce Sunday's march.
"This rally is concerned about the judgement of friendly countries who have supported us and we want to let them know that all of the people of Taiwan, here or overseas, are in fact desperate to protect Taiwan," said Northern Taiwan Society chairman Wu Shuh-min (
Ruan Ming (
"How Taiwan's politicians react to the arms bill is the touchstone of their loyalty to Taiwan," Ruan said. "All of us have to realize that it's impossible for the US to aid a country that is ready to surrender."
In reaction to US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Richard Lawless's warning to Taiwan that, "We cannot help defend you, if you cannot defend yourself," DPP Secretary-General Lee Yi-yang (
"In fact, the overwhelming majority of the people of Taiwan love Taiwan. Only the politicians of the KMT and the PFP carefully and intentionally disrupt Taiwan," Lee said. "The pan-blue lawmakers are paralyzing the legislature and have blocked the arms bills 29 times. They simply want to engulf Taiwan in chaos."
Lee said KMT and PFP tactics echoed Beijing's "soft unification war" and that the two parties were fawning over China.
"I urge all the people of Taiwan to see through the pan-blues' disguise and not let them mess up the country by colluding with China," he said.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
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