Student protest leader says he has 'no expectations' of DPP
Central News Agency
2014-07-31 11:12 PM
July 31 (CNA) One of the student leaders of the Sunflower Movement that occupied the Legislature for over three weeks in March said in an interview published Thursday that he does not have "any expectations" of Taiwan's major opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Lin Fei-fan, who led the massive protest against Taiwan's signing of a trade-in-services agreement with China, made the remarks in the interview with Wealth Magazine. The full text of the interview was posted on the magazine's website. The 26-year-old Lin, who has been said to have close ties with the DPP, questioned the party's wisdom in nominating former Premier Yu Hsi-kun as its candidate for mayor of New Taipei in November's elections. Yu stands little chance of winning in Taiwan's most populous municipality against the popular incumbent from the Kuomintang (KMT), Mayor Eric Liluan Chu, Lin said. The nomination of the 66-year-old Yu reflects the party's lack of flexibility, he said. "On the one hand, they talk about letting young people take part in politics with their People Power (initiative), and on the other, they let a candidate with an extremely low chance of winning continue his run," he said. "How can you have any expectations (of the DPP)?" Lin said he now questions the worthiness of standing for the DPP's core value, especially its position on recent events like the visit of China's Taiwan Affairs Minister Zhang Zhijun in June, the government's free economic pilot zone project, and the "voices (calling) for freezing the Taiwan independence clause" of the DPP charter. He said that he has no plan to support DPP candidates in the nationwide local elections on Nov. 29 because his civic groups want to turn themselves into "a progressive force to compete with the two main parties." (By Bear Lee)
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