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DPP demands apology from recall campaign organizers over profanity

Vulgar poster aimed at Huang Chie spotted on truck during Sunday's pro-recall motorcade

Kaohsiung DPP city councilors, women's rights advocates demand apology over profane poster.

Kaohsiung DPP city councilors, women's rights advocates demand apology over profane poster. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and women's rights groups on Tuesday (Feb. 2) accused the Huang Chie (黃捷) recall campaign of using vulgarity to demean women and demanded a public apology.

A poster displaying the word “b----” to describe Huang, an independent Kaohsiung city councilor, appeared on one of many vehicles during Sunday’s (Jan. 31) motorcade calling for the councilor’s recall. The recall campaign later clarified the vehicle displaying the vulgar message belonged to an anti-DPP group, adding that the DPP should look at all the “humiliating” content that appeared during the recall of former Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜).

Kaoshiung’s DPP City Council, DPP Women’s Support Association, Qiaotou Women’s Promotion Association, and a number of gender equality advocates came forward Tuesday to accuse the recall group of using profanity to promote their cause. The groups stated that the message basically “slanders” and “bullies” women and demanded an apology from recall campaign organizers, Liberty Times reported.

Kaohsiung City Councilor Huang Wen-I (黃文益) said that people will respect democratic choice but that it is a farce to conduct attacks based on gender. He encouraged residents of Fengshan District to vote “no” in the recall election.

Zhuo Chun-ying (卓春英), a member of the Examination Yuan’s Gender Equality Committee, said that seeing verbally abusive posters was heartbreaking and that using derogatory words was both unwise and extremely off-putting.

Kao Min-lin (高閔琳), a member of the Kaohsiung City Council who is also facing a possible recall, said people must condemn the Huang Chie recall campaign and all those who discriminate against women. She also requested that the recall group apologize to Huang Chie and all women in Taiwan.

Kaohsiung City Councilor Kang Yu-cheng (康裕成) said that dismissal politician is a right supported by the constitution, but if the recall process is reduced to bullying and venting anger, it is “really regrettable.”