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NP chairman calls for Tainan to repair Sun Yat-sen statue

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Nearly 20 pro-unification organizations demanded yesterday that the Tainan City Government repair the bronze statue of Sun Yat-sen that was pulled down recently.

The 3-meter-tall statue at Tang De-jhang Memorial Park in downtown Tainan was pulled down on Feb. 22 by members of the Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan, a pro-independence group led by Tsay Ting-kuei.

New Party (NP) Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) said that Sun is a political leader that both sides of the strait admire, and even during Japanese colonial rule, people in Taiwan still respected Sun.

Yok showed a picture of Japanese soldiers pulling down a statue of Sun Yat-sen during World War II and the picture of pro-independence group pulling down the statue in Tainan.

"These two actions are exactly the same," said Yok. "We are outraged by such action. Even though the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) condemned the vandalism of a bronze statue of Sun Yat-sen, the government did not take any action."

Yok said that the pro-unification groups requested that the Tainan City Government repair the statute as soon as possible and that the central government dispatch police to guard important historical relics nationwide.

"We will gather people who identify with the Republic of China to pay their tributes at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on March 12, which is Arbor Day, in remembrance of Sun Yat-sen's passing on March 12, 1925," said Yok.

In addition, Yok said that the groups did not want to destroy the government, but wanted to remove illegal organizations that symbolize certain ideologies.

"We hope the government can take immediate action to take care of the Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan that has been occupying the roads outside the Legislative Yuan," said Yok. "If the government does not take any action, we will."

"If there are head-on confrontation, the government has to take the full responsibility for it," said Yok.

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