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DPP to hold 'Love and Trust' rally this week

DPP to hold 'Love and Trust' rally this week

Supporters of Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) will hold a "Love and Trust" for Taiwan rally at the Chungshan Football Stadium Thursday to mark the 61st anniversary of the "February 28th Massacre" in which over 10,000 Taiwanese were killed during the suppression of a civilian uprising by troops of the then ruling Kuomintang regime.
The rally will also mark the conclusion of two long marches by supporters of the DPP candidate engaged two south to north marches along Taiwan's western and eastern coast, both of which will join in Taipei Thursday.
Frank Hsieh Campaign Support Headquarters Activity Director Lin Kuo-ching told reporters Monday that DPP vice presidential candidate Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) will meet the western group of "Against the Wind" marchers, led by former Cabinet-level National Youth Commission Chairwoman Cheng Li-chun and Chthonic black metal rock band lead singer Freddy Lin, at the Taiwan Renovation campaign headquarters to encourage the participants and join their march to the Chungshan stadium.
Lin said that the participants in the "Against the Wind" march, which began at the southern tip of Taiwan at Olanpi in early February, will enter Taipei City at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Chaohuacui Bridge before walking to the Taiwan Renovation headquarters and the stadium together with marchers from the eastern wing of the "Against the Wind" marchers, who will enter Taipei through Hsichih.
Taiwan Renovation campaign spokesman Cheng Wen-tsan related that the march initially began with between 10 and 20 but witnessed a participation
Lin said planners had not yet decided if Hsieh will personally participate in the last leg of the march and added that the route of the western wing would avoid approaching the campaign headquarters of KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).
Lin stated that the "Hand in Hand to Protect Taiwan Alliance" will hold a mass "228 Music Concert" at the Chungshan Stadium beginning at 4 p.m.
At about 6 p.m., the evening rally will begin with the speeches by survivors or relatives of "228" victims and the lighting of torches by "228" relatives and the passing of the torches to the young marchers to signify their "inheritance" of the historical task of protecting Taiwan's democracy and to highlight the message that "history can be forgiven, but must never be forgotten."
Cheng said this theme contrasted with the stance of former authoritarian party and related that the KMT had used its legislative majority to "invalidate" a promise made Sunday by Ma to "prepare and establish a national-level February 28th memorial museum," which the KMT candidate gave at a seminar with "228" relatives in Chiayi City.
Cheng noted that the DPP government had already established a National February 28th Memorial Museum which is located on Nanhai Road in the former headquarters of the United States Information Service and officially opened its doors last February 28 in a ceremony officiated by President Chen.
Moreover, Cheng stated that two-thirds of the NT$25 million management and operation budget for the new museum in the 2008 central government budget had been cut by the KMT legislative caucus and that this year's annual NT$300 million allocation for the public-private February 28th Memorial Fund management had been entirely frozen.
"The KMT legislative caucus has already overturned Ma Ying-jeou's promise," Cheng stated.
After the ceremony, Su and Hsieh will address the rally, but Lin stated that the two DPP candidates would be the only politicians invited to speak on stage.


Updated : 2021-04-15 19:34 GMT+08:00