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Looks like 'People's Fury' train could be running out of steam

Su Tseng-chang, chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party, launched his "People's Fury" train at Taipei's Longshan Temple on Dec. 19. It is scheduled to reach its terminal at the Presidential Plaza next Sunday. But he seems worried, for the prospect of the grand finale of the first campaign of his second chairmanship doesn't look fine.

He planned to get at least 100,000 to take to the streets to protest the hiking of gas prices, power rates and other assorted whatnots as well as President Ma Ying-jeou's bumbling administration since last May. The second-time chairman of the opposition party said on kicking off his anti-Ma drive that the people of Taiwan are flying into a rage because everything has become more expensive while their paychecks are getting smaller. For that reason, he has christened the train "People's Fury." It has whistle-stopped at several of Taiwan's major cities to gather supporters to ride to Taipei's Ketagalan Boulevard. The final stop, according to the schedule, is the Presidential Mansion. The mustering, however, doesn't seem to be going all that well. There's fear the train may, in fact, be under capacity.

To save face, Su wishes to call off his march of 100,000. When President Ma rejected Su's call for a national conference to set the government's guidelines, the opposition leader was irate. Ma instead offered a party summit. Su complained about the president's "lack of sincerity" for not even sending a representative to his office to make arrangements for the party summit of two. Further, Su described the summit as "a tea for two to complain against each other." Then, he proposed to halt his "People's Fury" train if Ma accepted his three conditions.

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