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ACTIVISTS URGED TO TAKE NATIONAL IMAGE TOP PRIORITY

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) The Presidential Office urged anti-corruption protesters to take the nation's image and reputation, as well as the maintenance of harmony in society, as top priorities while planning a "siege" of the Presidential Office on Double Ten National Day.
The office's Department of Public Affairs made the call Saturday after organizers of the anti-graft campaign announced that the siege will go ahead Tuesday, the day the country celebrates its 95th birthday.
The organizers said they hope 2 million people will take part in the siege in the Poai district, in which the Presidential Office and some other key government institutes are located, to step up pressure on President Chen Shui-bian to resign over his alleged role in a spate of corruption scandals.
Responding to the announcement, the department said people should "greet National Day with joy and delight " and suggested that people who have differing political opinions put aside their prejudices while celebrating the occasion.
All activities should have the goal of maintaining the national image and reputation, as well as a harmonious society, according to the Presidential Office.
Regarding whether or not embattled President Chen will attend the government's National Day celebration rally in front of the Presidential Office Tuesday, the office said a final decision has not yet been made.
Tsai Huang-liang, deputy secretary-general of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, said the party headquarters will advise Chen that he take part in indoor celebrations only and that he refrain from participating in any outdoor events, to avoid being embarrassed in front of the foreign dignitaries who will be attending.
(By Elizabeth Hsu) ENDITEM/J


Updated : 2021-04-21 00:13 GMT+08:00