(repeat) Taipei, Oct. 5 (CNA) Taichung Mayor Jason Hu urged people with different political affiliations and preferences Thursday to refrain from violence in order to maintain social harmony and create a peaceful environment favorable for investment and economic development.
Hu made the appeal while attending a lunch reception celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Taichung City Chamber of Commerce (TCCC).
The appeal came ahead of rallies to be staged by President Chen Shui-bian's supporters and opponents in the central Taiwan city this weekend.
"Now that Taiwan is a liberal democracy, people of different political stripes should respect each other and refrain from radical conflict. Any violent clashes between rival camps will put our economy at stake," Hu said.
Through proper channels, Hu said, he has asked leading figures from both camps to remain rational while rallying in Taichung Saturday to ensure that the street activities are smooth and peaceful.
"Both sides have given a positive response to our call," Hu said, adding that the city government will endeavor to ensure the city's peace and order while maintaining its good image.
Hu said he is confident that the upcoming street demonstrations in the city will not turn ugly or violent.
TCCC President Lin San-hsia echoed Hu's view, saying that peace and stability are crucial elements to economic prosperity. Violent conflicts between rival political camps will definitely have an adverse impact on the economy, he added.
(By Tsai Hui-ju) ENDITEM/J

Updated : 2021-02-27 06:32 GMT+08:00