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Opposition TSU burns image of Chinese passport

The China Post--A minor opposition party burned an image of the mainland China passport outside the Presidential Office yesterday.

In late November, China unveiled new passports that include Taiwan as part of its national map and use two pictures of Taiwanese scenic spots.

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU, 台聯) staged a protest against China's passport revisions.

Surrounded by police security, some 30 party members stood on Ketagalan Boulevard and shouted slogans against "China's hegemony."

"And still President Ma does nothing, allowing China to swallow up Taiwan," said Chien Sheng-che (簡聖哲) of the party's legislative caucus.

After a brief rally, protesters spray-painted an X on a large image of China's passport cover. They set fire to another passport image, which burned for seconds before a police officer doused the flame, citing a public safety risk.

Late last month, the Executive Yuan's Mainland Affairs Council responded to the China passport change with a statement of protest.

As a countermeasure against China, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) recently ordered passport stickers that feature the text "Taiwan is my country."

A shipment of 10,000 of the stickers arrived at the DPP's Taipei headquarters yesterday. Some will be distributed at the entrance of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (領事局), but most have been sent to the party's local offices, said a party spokesman.

More Stickers

"Taiwan is my country" stickers are so popular already that the DPP is set to order an additional 10,000 next week, said DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng (王閔生) yesterday.

Wang and youth volunteers went to the Bureau of Consular Affairs entrance yesterday to distribute 100 free stickers. They were out within five minutes, Wang told reporters.

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