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TSU eggs Ma portraits on inauguration day

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.”

No Confidence?

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.

May 21, 2012    yeelikoochen@
It seems to me DPP, PFP and other constituents of TSU are sour grapes for having lost the election. President Ma's record has proven his exemplary leadership skills. He rescued Taiwan's economy from the doldrums under the convicted former President Chen Shui bien, speeded up detente with the mainland, increased trade volume, maintained good relations with neighboring countries. The leaders of DPP and PFP strike me as crude in manners, extremist in ideology, as shown on TV. They seem to put their gamesmanship before what is good for Taiwan and peace of the Taiwan Strait. It is a shame. I hope the electorate in Taiwan are wise to their self-serving objective.
May 21, 2012    ludahai_twn@
This article says that the president not being subject to recall within the first year of a term is a provision of the Constitution. Could someone point out which article? The only mention I see to recall that is relevant is article 17 as well as articles 129-136 which does not mention a one-year window in which the president is not subject to recall.
May 21, 2012    vicemontalban@
yeelikoochen@ wrote:
It seems to me DPP, PFP and other constituents of TSU are sour grapes for having lost the election. President Ma's record has proven his exemplary leadership skills. He rescued Taiwan's economy from the doldrums under the convicted former President Chen Shui bien, speeded up detente with the mainland, increased trade volume, maintained good relations with neighboring countries. The leaders of DPP and PFP strike me as crude in manners, extremist in ideology, as shown on TV. They seem to put their gamesmanship before what is good for Taiwan and peace of the Taiwan Strait. It is a shame. I hope the electorate in Taiwan are wise to their self-serving objective.
Agreed 100% It's like saying instead of blaming the guy who gave us cancer thru second hand smoke, let's blame the doctor for not being able to cure us. If we had anyone other than President Ma, we'd most probably be in a more dire situation. If we had a DPP at the top, we'd all most probably be dead by now. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!
May 21, 2012    ozivan99@
yeelikoochen@ wrote:
It seems to me DPP, PFP and other constituents of TSU are sour grapes for having lost the election. President Ma's record has proven his exemplary leadership skills. He rescued Taiwan's economy from the doldrums under the convicted former President Chen Shui bien, speeded up detente with the mainland, increased trade volume, maintained good relations with neighboring countries. The leaders of DPP and PFP strike me as crude in manners, extremist in ideology, as shown on TV. They seem to put their gamesmanship before what is good for Taiwan and peace of the Taiwan Strait. It is a shame. I hope the electorate in Taiwan are wise to their self-serving objective.
Yup...DPP, TSU, PFP are sour grapes par excellence
May 22, 2012    aelin77@
Hi ludahai_twn,

Article 133 of the Constitution states that a person duly elected may be recalled by his constituency in accordance with law.

The specific relevant law is Article 70 of the "Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act," which states that the president is immune from recall motions until he completes a year in office.

So you're very right! The Constitution sets up a framework for an explicit provision, but there is no explicit provision in Constitution.

- Enru
May 22, 2012    edrulyn@
ozivan99@ I agree with you. DPP, TSU, PFP are really pain in the ass. They are a new breed of BRAINWASHED NORTH KOREAN manipulated by their degenerate leaders.
May 23, 2012    carltanong@
Good day ludahai_nippon
Corrupt CSB, Bushido Quisling LEE TENG HUI and the rest of the Quisling Bushido DPPigs and the TSUnit 731 have violated the constitution. It's practical that they all should be thrown inside the Jail.

May 28, 2012    kurotako@
yeelikoochen@ wrote:
It seems to me DPP, PFP and other constituents of TSU are sour grapes for having lost the election. President Ma's record has proven his exemplary leadership skills. He rescued Taiwan's economy from the doldrums under the convicted former President Chen Shui bien, speeded up detente with the mainland, increased trade volume, maintained good relations with neighboring countries. The leaders of DPP and PFP strike me as crude in manners, extremist in ideology, as shown on TV. They seem to put their gamesmanship before what is good for Taiwan and peace of the Taiwan Strait. It is a shame. I hope the electorate in Taiwan are wise to their self-serving objective.
The DPP, PFP and others who question the non-commonsense of President Ma or any other official is what is needed to keep misuse of power in check. Those that do not question government or the actions of politicians seem to forget that government is the servant of the people and not their master. For now many say DPP and PFP are extremist, but it is better to approach all policies and actions with prudence and transparency. Taiwan enjoys freedom, but it is all owed on the blood of others who have long passed. When you let government make decisions for you, then you are no longer "Free". (Try to remember your history.)
May 28, 2012    miller.henry641@
Eggs, eh?

You stay classy Taiwan!
June 1, 2012    sandyshi@
yeelikoochen@ wrote:
It seems to me DPP, PFP and other constituents of TSU are sour grapes for having lost the election. President Ma's record has proven his exemplary leadership skills. He rescued Taiwan's economy from the doldrums under the convicted former President Chen Shui bien, speeded up detente with the mainland, increased trade volume, maintained good relations with neighboring countries. The leaders of DPP and PFP strike me as crude in manners, extremist in ideology, as shown on TV. They seem to put their gamesmanship before what is good for Taiwan and peace of the Taiwan Strait. It is a shame. I hope the electorate in Taiwan are wise to their self-serving objective.
All Taiwanese need to be wary of Ma’s foreign policies. All decisions need to be scrutinized by opposition parties. Especially with questionable actions that Ma is pursing by aligning Taiwan with a foreign dictatorial nation that have repeated publicly announced preparedness to use force in retaliation of Taiwan’s pursuant of independence.
Is his aim to annex Taiwan and transform it to be a city of the Fujian province with a central communist government run out of Beijing? Either it is his deliberate government policy or a consequence of pursuing economic growth is debatable. More worrying is his loyalty to Taiwan and respect of the wishes of its citizens. Is there a hidden Ma agenda? Has Ma got a personal vested interest in pursuing a unification?
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