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Su Tseng-cheng offers encourage, support for Kaohsiung
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-14 04:56 PM
As Kaohsiung struggles to recover from the double disasters of a gas explosion and continuous downpours, former DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang has offered words of encouragement to the city, praising it for its achievements and saying he is certain the city will make a comeback. On Wednesday Su proclaimed of the southern industrial giant, "This is a beautiful and powerful city, and I am sure that even in the face of suffering this city will not bow. Go, Kaohsiung!”

Su also offered support to Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu in leading the recovery effort. To emphasize his sincerity Su also posted a short video offering encouragement to the people of the city.

The voice-over for the video urges citizens of Kaohsiung, "Do not shed a tear, there are so many things that need to be done. This is a beautiful and powerful city, and there are serious people here with their love, their dreams and their pride. Hold back the pain and take on the suffering, this city will not bow its head. Embrace each other, the road may be long but we will walk it together."

The short video posted by Su begins with ominous scenes of heavy rain and shots of the gas explosions. It then begins to brighten on a note of hope as the city’s many attractions, landmarks and people are shown. There are couples hugging each other, holding hands and marched forward toward the screen. At the same time, the video also remembers the victims of the recent plane crash in Penghu before returning to close with “Go Kaohsiung!” as its final message.

Su has been a familiar figure in the disaster area since the explosions, appearing often to offer solace and encouragement to residents and to encourage relief workers to keep up their morale. He noted that the disaster and subsequent recovery and reconstruction efforts as well as the need to soothe the wounds of the people and restore their capability to make a living have put a great deal of weight and pressure on the government in Kaohsiung. He urged people to roll up their sleeves and get to work, and to “make sure no one feels they are being left out.”

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