Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-10-08 03:00 PM
The 1985 Civil Action Alliance was planning a ‘siege’ outside the Legislative Yuan building to demand lower thresholds for referendums, recalls and party financing as well as the renegotiation of the service trade pact with China.
On Tuesday, Taiwan National Alliance leader Yao Chia-wen called on pro-Taiwan supporters to join in the protests, while voicing the three key demands that President Ma Ying-jeou should resign, the Supreme Prosecutors Office Special Investigation Division should be disbanded and the service trade agreement dropped.
Ma should leave office because of the current predicament and chaos he took the country into, Yao said, while the SID should be abolished because it helped the president conduct illegal eavesdropping on the Legislature. The pact with China was the result of secret negotiations and could only lead Taiwan closer to unification with the communist nation, Yao said.
The former opposition Democratic Progressive Party chairman said his group’s ideals corresponded to those of the 1985 Civil Action Alliance. When the Legislative Yuan eventually decided to begin its review of the pact with China, his group would stage protests, he said. The pact was signed in June, but a legislative clause-by-clause review with votes on each separate clause has still not been scheduled, mainly because of other issues taking precedence.
The Taiwan Society’s Chang Yen-hsien called on his group’s supporters to stand up and join the protests, because with 9.2-percent ratings in the opinion polls, Ma was no longer qualified to lead the country. His current power struggle with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng was only designed to remove the latter in order to realize a quick approval for the service pact, Chang said. The agreement and the likely opening of a China representative office in Taipei were the first steps leading to a stepping up of the pace of unification, he added.
Friends of Taiwan Chairman Huang Kun-hu predicted the service pact would hurt the lower-income classes really hard while damaging the core of Taiwan’s economy, the nation’s small and medium enterprises.
The National Day also formed the focus of a nationwide anti-nuclear walk. On October 10 at 10 a.m., protesters would gather outside the nearly completed fourth nuclear plant in Gongliao, New Taipei City, and start an 84-day walk around the island which would culminate in a siege of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei on New Year’s Day, organizers said.
While Ma basked in the false glory of the pomp and circumstance in the capital, the protesters would demand the abandonment of the Gongliao project and the total renunciation of nuclear energy by the government, the organizers said.
DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang, People First Party Chairman James Soong and Taiwan Solidarity Union Chairman Huang Kun-huei were all planning to attend Thursday’s event outside the fourth nuclear plant, according to the organizers.