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DPP, Ex-President Lee take to the streets against ECFA

Tourists walk pass a banner promoting ECFA at the Taipei Train Station. Taiwan has scheduled to sign ECFA with China on June 29, at the meeting betwee...

Tourists walk pass a banner promoting ECFA at the Taipei Train Station. Taiwan has scheduled to sign ECFA with China on June 29, at the meeting betwee...

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party and Taiwan Solidarity Union today take to the streets to protest against the proposed Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement. Former President Lee Teng-hui will also join the anti-ECFA march and give a speech this afternoon.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in this mass rally, the DPP spokesman Tsai Chi-chang said. Five DPP candidates for the year-end elections including the chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, Su Tseng-chang, Su Chia-chyuan, William Lai and Chen Chu, as well as Former Vice President Annette Lu, former premiers Frank Hsieh and Yu Shyi-kun will participate in the protest.
The anti-ECFA parade, according to Tsai, kicks off on the Wanhua Train Station and the Diho Square in eastern Taipei area, and ends on the Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office.
TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei said yesterday that ex-President Lee would made a short speech on the Ketagalan Boulevard and that he opposed the ECFA because it would hurt Taiwanese economy and sovereignty.
Taiwan and China will sign the accord in the Chinese city of Chongqing next Tuesday, and the "early harvest" list of tariff concessions will cover 539 Taiwanese products and 267 Chinese goods.
Responding to the list, DPP chairwoman Tsai said that although the Chinese government had made concessions, the Ma administration has failed to provide related measures for traditional industries. Worried about Taiwan's future, she said she opposed the country being included in the "One China" market.
The ruling Kuomintang lawmakers, such as Lai Shyh-bao and Wu Yu-sheng, yesterday called on the opposition parties to cancel the anti-ECFA march because they said that it was driven by political motives.


Updated : 2022-01-23 08:06 GMT+08:00

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