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`SIEGE' OF PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE TO BEGIN DOUBLE TEN NATION DAY

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) A plan to "besiege the Presidential Office," part of an ongoing anti-corruption campaign, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday -- the country's Double Ten National Day, the campaign organizer announced Saturday.
A news conference was called to unveil the details of the latest action by the campaign initiated Sept. 9 by Shih Ming-teh, a former chairman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, to press for the resignation of embattled President Chen Shui-bian over a series of corruption scandals in which he is allegedly involved.
Deputy campaign coordinator Chien Hsi-kai indicated that rallies will be held at four different spots, from where marchers will encircle the Poai district, in which the Presidential Office and some other government institutes including the ministries of national defense and foreign affairs are located.
The protest rally will take place simultaneously on the Hsinyi Road section of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the Nanhai Road area of the Taipei Botanical Garden, the ROC Armed Forces Cultural Center and the Taipei Main Station. At the main station, the campaign organizers have also planned agathering on the eve of National Day as aprivate celebration of the occasion, Chien noted.
The organizers said they hope 2 million people will take part in the siege of the Presidential Office, Chien said, claiming that the parade will follow the principles of "love, peace and non-violence" and will not affect the official National Day celebration.
(By Elizabeth Hsu) ENDITEM/J


Updated : 2021-05-13 06:59 GMT+08:00