TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Over 10,000 protestors clad in yellow vests marched in front of the Presidential Office yesterday (Dec. 19) calling for the government to immediately hold a meeting to reform tax laws and put an end to illegal taxation.
Organized by Tax and Legal Reform League (法稅改革聯盟), over 10,000 protestors yesterday donned yellow vests, took to Ketagalan Boulevard, and shouted slogans such as "anti-authoritarianism! We want to live" and "Illegal tax authoritarianism, taxation of human rights" to call for tax reform and ending illegal taxation, reported China Times. The protestors called for an end to taxation that deviates from the spirit of the rule of law, and replace it with procedural justice, law based on evidence, and legal methods of taxation. They also called for an end to taxes that infringe on human rights, such as the freezing of assets and the restricting of exiting the country.
The yellow sea of marchers demanded the "breaking down of the steep wall of tax laws," "implementation of transitional justice and redressing of tax injustices," and revocation of illegal tax bills, reported UDN. The organizers listed three main goals they seek to achieve, reported ETtoday:
- "Establish the 1219 Peace and Anti-Corruption Committee"
- "Convene a national tax reform congress that provides guidance on a just taxation law and system."
- "Put an end to the black box tax operations, and put a stop to endless tax bills."
Sea of yellow vests in Taipei. (Photo from FFFTax Facebook page)
Protestors in yellow vests marching down street. (Photo from FFFTax Facebook page)
Protestors form the Chinese character for "greed" (貪). (Photo from FFFTax Facebook page)