Organizations to launch 2 major protests on Double Tenth Day
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Two major protests organized by college students, civil organizations and local groups are scheduled to be held near the Legislative Yuan on the upcoming Double Tenth Day.
October 9, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
Citizens 1985 Alliance launched an initiative to draw 100,000 people to take to the streets in white shirts to demand that the government revise the Referendum Act.
According to the organization, the main goal of the protest is to lower the threshold for party representation in the legislature as defined in the Referendum Act and Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act so that the Taiwanese people can regain control of their nation.
Citizens 1985 Alliance also scheduled the raising of a “citizen flag” at 10:10 a.m. in front of the Legislative Yuan and plans to ask people who show up at the protest to write a letter to Taiwanese people from 10 years in the future.
According to Citizens 1985 Alliance, after the flag-raising ceremony, Academia Sinica scholar Huang Kuo-Chang (黃國昌) and Taiwan Association of Human Rights President Lai Chung-chiang (賴中強) will open a civics class for people participating in the protest, which will be followed by a march to Liberty Square at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
Chen Yen-hsien, the head of the Taiwan Society, said that a president with such low approval ratings is not capable of leading the nation anymore, and that the meeting between former Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) and Chinese representatives as well as the service trade pact are both under the frame of a “one-China” policy.
Taiwan Nation Alliance (TNA), an organization focusing on Taiwan's national sovereignty, also invited people to join the protest organized by Citizens 1985 Alliance.
TNA said that Citizens 1985 Alliance decided to join the protest in order to demand that President Ma Ying-jeou tender his resignation and to ask the government to abolish the Special Investigation Division.
Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan (李鴻源) said that so far there is no plan to enhance security preparations and that the ministry does not plan to take any special actions against the protesters.