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KMT 'Super Sunday' parade in Taipei draws large crowd

KMT 'Super Sunday' parade in Taipei draws large crowd

Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) An estimated 250,000 people joined a Kuomintang parade and rally in downtown Taipei on "Super Sunday" in a show of support for President Ma Ying-jeou, who is seeking a second term. On the last weekend before the Jan. 14 presidential election, people of all ages took part in the nearly six-kilometer parade from the Taipei City Hall plaza to the Presidential Office. Addressing the crowd, Ma said a vote for him would mean a continued robust economy, clean and capable government, peace with China and better international relations. The parade ended with a rally in front of the Presidential Office, with the crowd waving campaign flags and chanting slogans such as "Ma for president!" "I am very confident of Ma winning the election, despite some worries," said 57-year-old Chiang Li-hsueh, a long-term supporter of the KMT who was in the parade with her husband. Wang Tse-shuan, 24, also expressed confidence that the 61-year-old Ma will be re-elected. Wang described Ma as the candidate most capable of "bringing social stability." The long procession was cheered by bystanders and passersby on the route to the Presidential Office. Some city residents opened their house windows to greet the marchers, shouting "go for it!" KMT Honorary Chairman Lien Chan joined the parade in the halfway along the route, while some foreign nationals also mingled in the crowd. "The activity was really exciting and fun," said Jo Ah-jin, a 21-year-old exchange student from South Korea. "It was a different experience." While Ma attended the parade in Taipei, his running mate, Premier Wu Den-yih, and first lady Chow Mei-ching led a similar one in Taichung, central Taiwan. The 2.7-km parade in Taichung featured folk performances and attracted more than 50,000 supporters, the organizers said. "Work together, step forward together!" Wu urged supporters at the start of the march. Taichung Mayor Jason Hu asked the crowd to help Ma win in Taichung. For her part, Chow did not make any public comments but smiled and waved a national flag, cheering supporters on. Ma's campaign chief King Pu-tsung and former Health Minister Yaung Chih-liang led another parade in Hualian, eastern Taiwan, while Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and KMT Vice Chairman Chan Chun-po headed a parade in the southeastern county of Taitung. Ma's main competitor is Tsai Ing-wen, 55, of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who is seeking to become Taiwan's first female president. The DPP also staged "Super Sunday" rallies in Taichung, Changhua, Taipei and New Taipei, respectively. Meanwhile, James Soong, 69, the presidential candidate of the minor People First Party, was stumping in Hualien on Sunday. (By Alex Jiang and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-04-12 15:39 GMT+08:00