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DPP calls for streets protests against government's economic policy

DPP calls for streets protests against government's economic policy

Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) called on people Wednesday to take to the streets to express their discontent with the government, which the party said has plunged citizens into poverty because it failed to address the country's economic problems. While people are lamenting their poverty, the government has shown little concern for their problems, DPP lawmaker Chen Ting-fei said at a press conference at the Legislative Yuan. Instead, the administration has been focused on whether to continue to pay year-end bonuses to public-sector retirees, she said. The DPP "is looking forward to the public's awakening," Chen said. "When the time comes to take to the streets, the people will let the government see their strength and hear their roar of anger." DPP caucus whip Tsai Chi-chang expressed similar sentiments, saying people are worried most about poverty. Employees are not expecting much in year-end bonuses because of the poor economic growth rate, Tsai said. Furthermore, enterprises are not hiring, he said. Meanwhile, he said, the government is absorbed with the issue of year-end bonuses for retired military personnel, public servants and public school teachers, and is making no effort to address the bigger economic issues. Yet, there is still no coherent plan by the ruling party to achieve bonus payment reform, Tsai added. Against this backdrop, the DPP is organizing a series of public rallies, starting in January, to give people a chance air their discontent, DPP spokesman Lin Chun-hsien said. The Cabinet recently proposed discontinuing year-end bonuses to public sector retirees unless they are socially disadvantaged or have made great sacrifices for the country. The proposal, however, was rejected by some lawmakers of the ruling Kuomintang. (By Tseng Ying-yu and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-10-16 13:16 GMT+08:00