Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-05-03 04:17 PM
The groups said the government was too weak in its handling of the student occupation of the Legislative Yuan and the anti-nuclear rallies linked to former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung’s hunger strike.
The New Party denied Saturday that Chang An-lo, the former top gang leader also known as the “White Wolf,” had been invited to its rally. Chang staged a protest of its own against the students who stayed at the Legislature from March 18 until April 10 to condemn the trade-in-services pact with China. No single individual had been especially invited to Sunday’s event, but nobody would be barred either, New Party officials said.
Two KMT-affiliated youth groups were planning to hold a march on Sunday morning under the theme “support public authority, society needs stability.” Organizers said they expected at least 5,000 participants, though the short time spent to stage the event might not make it possible to rally 10,000 people.
KMT Taipei City mayoral candidate Sean Lien said he would attend the protest, though his schedule made it impossible to stay on for the New Party rally in the afternoon.
The aim was to minimize the effect on the police forces and limit the rally’s cost to society, the KMT youth groups said, adding that they welcomed supporters to stay on for the New Party event.
The small pro-unification party dubbed its rally “the New May 4 Movement” and called on participants to bring along Republic of China national flags to show their support for the country.
The New Party said the event was not limited to party members and it had not mobilized any supporters, so it would be impossible to estimate the turnout. The action was billed as a “patriotic movement for democracy and for the rule of law.”
Associations of families of police officers and of retired police would take part, as would taxi drivers’ unions, while KMT lawmaker Alex Tsai and former Economics Minister Yiin Chii-ming were reportedly scheduled to speak.
The New Party denied media reports that Chang would appear as a special guest. While the former organized crime leader founded his own small political party, his pro-China views have often been deemed similar to those of the New Party.
Both the KMT groups and the New Party emphasized the importance of the rule of law and their support for the police. During the student occupation of the Legislative Yuan and other protests later, police were accused of using excessive force against peaceful demonstrators. A group of protesters occupied the Executive Yuan on March 23 but were expelled by riot police using batons and water cannons the following morning.