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Pan-green camp set to protest over mounting living costs

2012/04/25 21:33:13

Taipei, April 25 (CNA) The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is scheduled to take to the streets on the eve of the May 20 presidential inauguration to voice dissatisfaction over the issue of people's livelihoods being undermined by rising living costs, a party spokesman said Wednesday.

The party's Central Standing Committee decided at its regular weekly meeting that day to launch a street demonstration May 19 to protest to President Ma Ying-jeou over rising electricity, fuel and commodity prices, said DPP spokesman Lin Chun-hsien.

Lin said the DPP hopes to muster at least 100,000 people at three gathering points in Taipei -- the front gate of National Taiwan University, Wanhua Railway Station and the site of the old Taipei Songshan Tobacco Plant -- and march them to a rally at the intersection of Linsen North Road and Beiping East Road.

In addition, Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) has also decided to stage a 100,000-strong demonstration on inauguration day close to the Presidential Office, which will be designed to seamlessly continue the DPP's rally, said TSU Secretary-General Lin Chih-chia.

The DPP and the TSU form the so-called pan-green camp in Taiwan politics, whereas the ruling Kuomintang leads the pan-blue camp that includes minor opposition People First Party and New Party.

Lin said he has contacted his DPP counterpart, Su Jia-chyuan, to express hope that the two parties can cooperate on the protests.

Various civic groups that are also concerned about the people's livelihood issues are expected to take part in the rallies, too.

(By Lin Shen-hsu and Nell Shen)