Labor group says it will stage the 'real' Fury demonstration
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Labor groups said yesterday that they plan to stage the “real” Fury protest, after Taiwan's major opposition party used the name last Sunday.
January 16, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
On Sunday, Jan. 13, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party launched a demonstration called the “Raging Citizens Protest March,” known colloquially as the Fury protest.
Raging Citizens Act Now (人民火大行動聯盟), a domestic labor coalition, spoke out yesterday against what it considers name-stealing. In borrowing the name of the labor organization, the DPP tried to reap the harvest of recent social movements, said a representative from Raging Citizens Act Now.
Neither the DPP nor the ruling Kuomintang is worth trusting, said Chu Wei-li (朱維立), executive director of the National Federation of Independent Trade Unions (全國自主勞工聯盟).
The National Federation of Independent Trade Unions, Raging Citizens Act Now, the Confederation of Taipei Trade Unions (台北市產業總工會) and other labor groups will hold their own Fury protest at Ketagalan Boulevard on Jan. 19.
The real “raging citizens” will voice discontent with how President Ma Ying-jeou is siding with financial interests at the expense of the labor insurance fund.
The protest will be the coalition's third since Oct. 28. Activists said yesterday that this time, they won't toss just eggs, but tomatoes too. Tomato is an approximate homophone for “ta-ma-te” (他馬的), a Chinese epithet that means “up Ma's mother's.”