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Anti-Chen campaign to practice planned Double Ten Day siege

Anti-Chen campaign to practice planned Double Ten Day siege

The headquarters of the "Million Voice against Corruption" campaign aimed at deposing President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday announced that it would launch a "flash demonstration" today as a warm-up to its planned siege on the Presidential Office October 10, National Day. .
The campaign's deputy leader, Chien His-chieh, said that the flash demonstration will call on workers to assemble at exit number one of the Mass Rapid Transit station or long-haul bus station closest to their workplaces at 11:45 a.m. today.
The headquarters stressed that the flash demonstration is not a strike, but that workers will gather for 15 minutes prior to their lunch break shouting anti-corruption and anti-Chen slogans for 15 minutes.
Slogan chanting
Protesters should shout two slogans," A-Bian (President Chen's nickname) step down," and "Oppose corruption, save Taiwan," said Chien.
Apart from employed people, others could show their support for the flash demonstration in a different ways, Chien said.
He suggested that students could gather in front of their schools and shout slogans, while motorists could sound their vehicle horns in time to the "A-Bian step down" chant.
Because today is a work and school day, there is no need for the flash demonstrators to wear red, Chien added.
Chien said that he will head for the Ximending MRT station number one exit to lead the demonstration there and that there will be protest leader dressed in red at every MRT station.
According to Chien, the flash demonstration is a warm-up for the headquarters' planned siege on Presidential Office on National Day and a response to the Cabinet's declaration of a holiday on October 9 when the campaign was scheduled to launch a "soft strike."
Strike plan changed
The campaign headquarters had originally planned to initiate a soft strike by urging people to ask for leave on October 9, but the Cabinet on Monday announced that October 9 will be a holiday to stretch that Mid-autumn
Festival weekend into National Day, over a five-day period from October 6 to 10.
The campaign, charging that the government's move was aimed at heading off the strike, changed its plan, saying it will ask people to assemble in front of county and city government buildings and shout anti-Chen slogans on October 9.
Shih Ming-teh (施明德), who is leading the protest on a round-the-island procession, yesterday urged people in the eastern counties of Taitung and Hualien to join the siege on October 10.
Shih said the headquarters plans to call on two million people to surround the Presidential Office on National Day in a bid to force Chen to step down over a series of corrupt allegations against his family and close aides.
Never seen leader like Chen
Shih said that he was moved to note the number of people who took to the streets in sun and rain in support of the anti-corruption movement that was launched on September 9.
He said he has never seen a leader like Chen who keeps refusing to step down despite the people's strong opposition to his corrupt regime.
Chen has denied any wrongdoing and insisted that he will remain in office until his term expires in May 2008.


Updated : 2021-02-25 19:37 GMT+08:00