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Taiwan TAUP Chair stages a hunger strike for an amendment to the Referendum Law

A good number of protesters sit on the floor in front of the Ketagalan Blvd while participating the 1025 anti-China mass rally organized by the DPP an...
Taiwan Association of University Professors chairman Tsai Ting-kuei, third front, and members of the association stage a hunger strike to call for an ...

A good number of protesters sit on the floor in front of the Ketagalan Blvd while participating the 1025 anti-China mass rally organized by the DPP an...

Taiwan Association of University Professors chairman Tsai Ting-kuei, third front, and members of the association stage a hunger strike to call for an ...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The 1025 "Opposing toxic products, safeguarding Taiwan's sovereignty" demonstration organized by the pro-Taiwan independence groups concluded peacefully at 10pm on Oct. 25 with an estimation of 600,000 participants in the 1025 rally. As of yesterday morning, some protesters' emotions still ran high with groups of sit-in protesters remaining on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office. But, the rally organizers' rights to Ketagalan Boulevard ended at 10pm yesterday. Taipei City Police Department had demanded the sit-in protesters' expulsion from the site beginning 10pm last night. Given certain people's dissatisfaction with the central government under the direction of Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), they decided to move to the area in front of the Legislative Yuan to continue their sit-in hunger strike lead by the Taiwan Association of University Professors (TAUP) Chairman Tsai Ting-kuei (蔡丁貴). Order was reigning in the sit-in area.

The purpose of the strike in front of the legislature is aimed at demanding the ruling Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government to make amendment to the Referendum Law, which was written into the Constitution by the KMT lawmakers in 2003.

Tsai said that the law was clearly flawed. Instead, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and other green camp supporters has been advocating for the proposal to lower the threshold for a referendum request from the 80,000 voters, or 0.5 percent of eligible voters, at the last presidential election and lower the threshold for a referendum request that necessitates 5 percent of eligible voters at the last presidential election.

The hunger strike has entered its third day today. Tsai said that he would not terminate his hunger strike until after the legislature agrees to pass amendments to the Referendum Law. "The amendment would empower people to exercise direct democracy and ensure that political parties cannot manipulate the public," said Tsai.

by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff


Updated : 2021-02-26 00:42 GMT+08:00