War on independence clause looms before DPP national congress
Central News Agency
2014-07-16 10:12 PM
Taipei, July 16 (CNA) A pro-independence civic group called Wednesday for a rejection of a proposed freeze of the Taiwan independence clause in the opposition Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) charter. More than 10 members of Happy National Connections in Taiwan, a group composed of DPP members, went to the headquarters of the DPP in downtown Taipei to highlight their call for the party to reject a petition submitted by former DPP lawmakers Chen Zau-nan and Kuo Jeng-liang to freeze the independence clause at the upcoming party congress. Chen and Kuo feel that freezing the clause will help the party regain power in the 2016 presidential election. The group members demanded that the two quit the party and said that they firmly oppose "turning (the DPP) into the Kuomintang," referring to the ruling party.

If the DPP does not deal with the issue properly, the group will not rule out the possibility of "creating a scene" at the Taipei International Convention Center July 20, when the party holds its national congress. Chen has previously said that the party's Taiwan independence clause has completed its historic mission and that there is no need to uphold the clause any longer. He said Wednesday that after the first full legislative elections in 1992 and the country's first popular presidential election in 1996, Taiwan ended the alien colonial rule of the KMT that had lasted since 1949. Taiwan is now a completely sovereign and independent country, and there is no need for such a thing as the advocacy of independence, Chen said. DPP Legislator Chen Ting-fei echoed his words, saying that Taiwan elects its own president and has its own tax system, so there is no question about its status as a sovereign, independent country. However, Taiwan is "in an abnormal state" and efforts should be made to push for its normalization, she said. Former Premier Frank Hsieh said that based on his own experience, the proposal will not pass if there is no prior coordination. "Therefore, there is no need for protests," Hsieh said. (By Sophia Yeh and Lilian Wu)

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