KMT to stage 'March for Stability' in Taipei

Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) will organize a "March for Taiwan's Stability" in Taipei Saturday, rallying for support a week ahead of the Jan. 16 presidential and legislative elections, KMT officials said Friday. President Ma Ying-jeou, first lady Chow Mei-ching, KMT chairman and presidential candidate Eric Chu and his running mate Wang Ju-hsuan will all take part in the march, said Lee Ming-hsien, vice-director of the KMT's Culture and Communications Committee.

Three formations of people, named "power of hope," "power of love," and "power of unification," will start from different locations and march toward Liberty Square in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

The party called for supporters to wear clothing in blue, red and white, the colors of the Republic of China national flag, during the march, which will begin at 2 p.m., Lee said.

To express opposition to proposed imports of U.S. pork containing the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine to Taiwan, said to be a condition for U.S. support of Taiwan's entry into the Trans- Pacific Partnership, swine farmers in southern Taiwan will also join the march, along with some of their pigs, said Lee.

The "power of hope" section will be led by Ma, Chu and Wang and will start from the main gate of National Taiwan University.

The "power of love" section will be led by Chow, Vice Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu and Chu's wife and will start from Daan Forest Park.

The "power of unification" group will be led by Vice President Wu Den-yih, Premier Mao Chi-kuo and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and will start from Youth Park. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Kuo Chung-han)