On the 9th of September 2006, 1 million angry ROC citizens will stage a sit-in in front of the Presidential Palace to not only protest the rampant corruption within Chen’s family but also to exert pressure for him to resign. The grassroots campaign, led by Taiwanese human rights activist Shi Mengde has successfully raised the $100 million NT through public fundraisers of at least $100NT per person. The money raised from the fundraisers will be used to feed the poor and underprivileged who are alleged to have suffered from economic decline resulting from Chen’s misrule.
Current scandals involving the Chen Shuibian have involved his son in law Chao “2260” Chien-Ming being indicted for insider trading and his wife accepting free gift certificates from the SOGO department stores in Taiwan. Other allegations involve Chen Shuibian using government funds to pay for his family nanny, allegations of funneling some government funds into a personal retirement account, and nepotism in government appointments.
It is unfortunate that Chen Shuibian, a man who was once respected for being a political prisoner during KMT rule, a man who suffered hardship when his wife was paralysed after being run over repeatedly by a KMT truck in a failed assassination attempt against him, and a man once known for sweeping away corruption and vice from Taipei when he was mayor, is now the poster boy for corruption in a growing Taiwanese democracy. Both his critics and supporters are surprised and disappointed by this change of character when he was elected as the ROC President. Former allies like Shi Mingde, who bled alongside Chen and other activists during KMT rule, are leading the initiative to sack him while his critics have been given more support in future elections from moderates and independents alike.
Unfortunately, Taipei mayor Ma Yingjiu (KMT) is still a pussy for restricting the sit-in to only 10:00 PM Taipei Time. This means Chen and his DPP cronies will only have to suffer for the entire Saturday up until 10:00 PM. However, if anyone is aware of Shi Mengde’s history (who nearly spent a decade in solitary confinement for promoting Taidu, Human Rights, and defying the KMT), we all know that the planned sit-in will last longer and Ma the sissy will be force to break them up with the police. Sadly, this is what Ma will have to do if he is to appear objective against the ROC’s corrupt President in both fact and in appearance under these circumstances.
救台灣! 我們一定要倒阿扁大總統! 倒扁! 倒扁! GO! GO! GO! FIGHT THE POWER!