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DPP schedules rally for 20th anniversary

DPP schedules rally for 20th anniversary

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and other ruling Democratic Progressive Party heavyweights will join 300,000 supporters in a large parade and rally in the southern port city of Kaohsiung to mark the 20th founding anniversary of the ruling party.
The rally in the evening will be preceded by a parade that starts at the city's fine arts museum at 3 p.m. under the leadership of DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun (游錫?), seven city mayors and county magistrates, and members of the DPP Central Standing Committee.
DPP Kaohsiung City Commission Chairman Chang Chih-ming, who helped organize the one-day event dubbed "Taiwan stands up," said he and his staff have worked out a comprehensive plan to cooperate closely with law enforcement units to cope with all kinds of possible conflicts that may take place during the parade or the rally.
"One of the main purposes of our activities today is to introduce and promote our candidates running in the Taipei and Kaohsiung mayoral races as well as the city councils membership elections," Chang said, adding that the DPP felt confident of its victories in those elections.
President Chen and Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) will address the occasion, but their staff has not made public the content of their speeches. President Chen will lead supporters in praying for a brighter future for Taiwan and the happiness of its people at the end of the rally at 7 p.m.
Earlier at a reception in Taipei marking the DPP's 20th birthday, the president pledged to push for a new constitution for the people of Taiwan, Taiwan's access to the United Nations under the name of Taiwan, and the KMT's return of its ill-gotten assets to the government.
Former premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄), now chairman of the semi-official Strait Exchange Foundation, will give a speech about his plan to cooperate with 1,000 civic bodies to force the KMT to hand out its assets which he said were stolen from the government at the end of World War II.
DPP spokesman Tsai Huang-lang (蔡煌瑯) encouraged people in southern Taiwan to dress in New York Yankee's pitcher Wang Chien-ming's outfit while taking part in today's activities to show their support to Wang and to extend congratulations to Wang for scoring his 19th victory this season.