Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) Ruling Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Yu Shyi-kun said Saturday the party will ask its members not to attend a Double Ten National Day rally in front of the Presidential Office next Tuesday.
Yu made the remarks as an anti-graft campaign announced a "besiege the Presidential Office" plan that day to step up pressure on President Chen Shui-bian to resign over a spate of alleged corruption scandals.
Yu said that while DPP local chapters and members normally attend the National Day rally every year in the square in front of the Presidential Office, this year the DPP has asked its members not to attend the rally out of concern over possible clashes between the DPP members and "depose Chen" protesters.
Noting that Shih Ming-teh, leader of the "Million Voices Against Corruption" campaign, has continued to apply to march and assemble, and that Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou has continued to approve the applications, he asked them "not to overdo it." As Shih has threatened to extend the protest until next February as part of his effort to boot out the embattled president, Yu accused him of being ignorant of public sentiment and of hurting the nation.
He advised Shih and his supporters quit the protest and said Ma should shoulder his responsibility to "act in accordance with the law." (By Lilian Wu) ENDITEM/J

Updated : 2021-04-18 02:55 GMT+08:00