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DPP urges opposition to avoid hurting local image

DPP urges opposition to avoid hurting local image

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party urged opposition lawmakers yesterday to "show a sense of propriety" lest their actions turn the October 10 National Day celebration into a joke and hurt the nation's image.
DPP Deputy Secretary-General Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) made the appeal amid reports that main opposition Kuomintang and its ally, the People First Party, will don red clothes to attend the National Day celebrations.
Since an anti-graft campaign asked supporters of its cause to wear red on September 9 to show their indignation at President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) over a spate of alleged corruption scandals, the color red now implies a connotation of "depose Chen" - the aim of the campaign organizers.
Tsai expressed hope that the opposition will not attend the National Day celebration "with a mind of hatred or troublemaking."
He noted that local and foreign dignitaries will attend the celebrations and said the actions of the opposition will not only embarrass the president but the nation itself.
"If the opposition legislators have a sense of honor, they should know where to stop," he added.
He said that if the actions of the opposition lawmakers and the "anti-Chen" campaign seriously affect law and order or the national image, the DPP will suggest to the president that he only attend indoor National Day celebrations and stay away from the outdoor celebrations.
Organizers of the campaign said they would unveil details of a "besiege the Presidential Office" plan Saturday to step up pressure on Chen to resign over a series of corruption scandals.


Updated : 2021-04-18 00:57 GMT+08:00