Taipei, May 1 (CNA) Several city councilors from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) staged a sit-in protest on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office on Tuesday against fuel price hikes and an imminent increase in electricity rates.
The protesters included city councilors Wang Ding-yu of Tainan and Tung Chung-yen of Taipei, along with dozens of DPP supporters.
Holding banners that decried the fuel and electricity price hikes, the protesters said they will continue their sit-in until May 20, when President Ma Ying-jeou will be formally inaugurated for a second term.
Wang, one of the protest organizers, said the purpose of the action is to create a platform where people can hold the government accountable.
"If the government suspends its plan to raise electricity rates with effect from May 15 and decides to work out reform measures for Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower), the sit-in would have achieved its short-term goals," he said.
Taipower, a state-run company under the portfolio of the economics ministry, has been plagued by mounting operational deficits for years.
(By Sophia Yeh and Elizabeth Hsu)