TSU eggs Ma portraits on inauguration day
By Enru Lin ,The China Post
May 21, 2012, 12:06 am TWN
A small but intense crowd organized by the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU, 台灣團結聯盟) tossed eggs at President Ma Ying-jeou's portraits as he was sworn in for his second term yesterday.
Ma was inaugurated into his second term at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Presidential Office.
Meanwhile at Taipei City's Huashan Park (華山公園), the minor opposition TSU threw raw eggs at two portraits of Ma, whose face was stylized with a Hitler-style toothbrush mustache.
The protest focused on three recent policies by the central government: the twin utilities price hikes, the "one country, two areas" reformulation for cross-strait relations, and the lifting of Taiwan's zero-tolerance policy against U.S. beef containing ractopamine.
At the rally, TSU Legislator Hsu Chun-hsin (許忠信) reiterated the claim that Ma had colluded with the U.S. on the beef issue prior to the Jan. 14 presidential election.
"Ma traded U.S. political support for the Taiwanese people's health," he said.
Frank Hsieh from the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) delivered presiding remarks by invitation.
"Ma still has not heard the voice of the people," said Hsieh.
The day before, Hsieh led a larger-scale, DPP-sponsored demonstration against the same public grievances.
Other participants in Sunday's rally included TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝), TSU Legislators Huang Wen-ling (黃文玲) and Lin Shih-chia (林世嘉), and TSU staffers from across Taiwan.
Turnout at the march was estimated at 3,000 and 1,500 by the TSU and Taipei City Police Department (台北警局) respectively.
Ma Get Out: TSU
After viewing Ma's inauguration live, TSU protesters embarked on a short march through downtown Taipei, under the banner "We oppose fraud. We want to impeach" (反詐騙、要罷免).
The march stopped a few blocks short of the Presidential Office, where protesters called for Ma to step down.
At noon, protesters tossed leaves of joss paper into the air, as part curse on Ma's second term and part symbol for its status as a lost cause.
Protesters also released white balloons inked with the slogan "Ma Ying-jeou, get out."
Caucus whip Thomas Lee (李桐豪) of the People First Party (PFP, 親民黨) responded yesterday that impeachment is an option but that its timing is important.
Therefore Ma has one year to change his approach, said Lee.
Under the Constitution of the Republic of China, the president cannot be impeached in the first year of a given term.
If appropriate redress fails to materialize by the end of year one, the PFP itself will consider initiating a recall motion, he said.
Lee urged Ma to deliver a state of the nation address to the Legislative Yuan and to pay greater attention to public opinion.
No Confidence in Cabinet: DPP
The DPP is set to bring a no-confidence motion against Ma's Cabinet, announced acting party Chairwoman Chen Chu (陳菊) yesterday.
The president held the swearing-in ceremony for his second-term Cabinet yesterday. For his new term, Ma approved just minor changes to the lineup, retaining most positions including Sean Chen as premier.
The DPP is set to initiate a recall of Chen and his Cabinet, said Chen Chu at a Taipei press event yesterday.
The Sean Chen-led Cabinet is responsible for "concealing outbreaks of avian flu, promoting the lifting of the ban against ractopamine, and hiking prices on gas and electricity," said the acting chairwoman yesterday.
"Sean Chen must step down as an apology for the past period of misrule. The Cabinet must be entirely restructured," she said.
The DPP also "completely supports" the recall of lawmakers working to "lift the ractopamine ban and harm the people's health," said Chen Chu.