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Island-wide U.N. bid parade kicks off in Keelung

Island-wide U.N. bid parade kicks off in Keelung

A 13-day round-the-island parade with statues of local deities aimed at promoting the referendums on the country's bid to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan kicked off Friday in the northern port city of Keelung.
The referendums proposed by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the opposition Kuomintang respectively are is scheduled to be held on March 22 alongside with the nation's presidential election.
The DPP's referendum calls for joining the United States under the name "Taiwan" while the KMT's version advocates rejoining the U.N. under the name "Republic of China" or any other "suitable " name.
With six balloon statues of deities widely worshipped in Taiwan, including Matsu, the goddess of the sea; Hsuan-Tien-Shan-Ti, who removes demons and evil spirits from people; Kuan Ti, the god of war; and Tu Ti Kung, the protector of the land and homes, the parade made its way through the main streets of Keelung, filling the city with a ceremonial atmosphere.
"We must work hard together to achieve the goal of entering the United Nations through the blessings of the gods, " said Tchen Yu-chiou (陳郁秀), secretary-general of the National Cultural Association which organized the activity.
Chang Chin-huang, director of the Department of Religious Affairs at the presidential campaign headquarters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, expressed the hope that "the gods will not only guard Taiwan and its people but also help Taiwan enter the United Nations."
Several top-ranking government officials, including Wu Chin-fa, deputy minister of the Council for Cultural Affairs, and Lee Chin-yung (李進勇), deputy minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, also participated in the parade to show their solid support for the bid.


Updated : 2021-06-14 10:25 GMT+08:00