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Taiwan DPP Chair Tsai shows her support for Taiwan TAUP Chair's hunger strike

Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, left, chats with Taiwan Association of University Professors (TAUP) Chairman Tsai Ting-kuei, rig...
Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, left, chats with Taiwan Association of University Professors (TAUP) Chairman Tsai Ting-kuei, rig...

Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, left, chats with Taiwan Association of University Professors (TAUP) Chairman Tsai Ting-kuei, rig...

Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, left, chats with Taiwan Association of University Professors (TAUP) Chairman Tsai Ting-kuei, rig...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The "return our civil rights movement" alliance (還我民權運動聯盟) founded by Taiwan Association of University Professors (TAUP) Chairman Tsai Ting-kuei's (蔡丁貴) has staged a sit-in hunger strike in front of the legislature and as of now, the hunger strike has entered its 64th hour. Taiwan opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) showed up at the sit-in venue this morning to show her support for professor Tsai Ting-kuei. The strike has been kept peacefully and order has been 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 Ing-wen said that the Referendum Law is clearly flawed and it not only should be thoroughly reviewed, but also it should be replaced by a complete new law, otherwise the existing Referendum Law would become a barrier to the pursuit of national identity and improvement of democracy in Taiwan.

The appeals for professor Tsai Ting-kuei's hunger strike are two-fold. First, the Referendum Law has been criticized by the DPP as a "bird cage" law; therefore, it should be amended. Second, the procedure of legislative elections under the new "single-member district and two-vote system" should be rationalized. Tsai Ing-wen pointed out that the DPP only holds 27 legislative seats, in contrast to the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) overwhelming majority in the legislature; therefore the KMT's one-party autocracy, which dates back over five to six decades of its despotic tradition, has crippled Taiwan's progression.

Tsai Ing-wen said that the current constitutional framework and system is in a state of disorder, and the culprit is the Referendum Law and the legislative election systems.

by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff


Updated : 2020-12-03 10:28 GMT+08:00