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Sunday, September 10, 2006

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Another small but interesting piece of evidence supporting the thesis that anti-Chen protests do not enjoy wide support across the political spectrum but are in fact mainly being attended by hardline pan-blue supporters. During Saturday's protest, Wang Liping (one of the movement's three spokespersons) referred to the 'Nation of Taiwan' (Taiwanguo)and the 'brothers and sisters of the Taiwanese nation.' This caused protests from the crowd and led to an apology by the movement's organizers from the stage. The implication, of course, is that many in the crowd are supporters of the Republic of China whose sense of Chinese identity was offended by this reference to Taiwanese nationhood. At a time when even Ma Ying-jeou has had to admit that an independent Taiwan is one of the choices before the Taiwanese people, only the deep blue side of the political spectrum still has this kind of knee-jerk reaction.

It was also noticeable at the protest on Saturday that the crowd was probably at least half mainlander and that chants using Taiwanese had to be translated and were repeated with noticeably less volume and enthusiasm.

4 Comments:

At 12:11 PM, Anonymous Davo said...

There is no doubt that the majority of protestors are deep pan-blue supporters, quite evident when they all throw a spasm as soon as somebody mentions the world "Taiwanguo" or when none speak or understand Taiwanese lanaguage.

I often find it strange that my past experience and conversation with these older generation deep-blue, mainland-born supporters continues to say that they were exiled to Taiwan, therefore, indirectly implying that Taiwan is not part of China, since one can't be exiled if Taiwan is believed to be part of China.

It is also ironic that these people are trying to push for the name ROC to be recognised internationally when it was their own undoing by the dictator Chiang when the US proposed two China seats in the United Nations.

 
At 4:05 PM, Blogger Joseph Chen said...

it's very true. i was there today. from their accents, i believe most of the protesters are acutally pro-blue allies. they could be the same group who protested here in 2004 right after the Presidential election.

 
At 1:34 AM, Blogger Tim Maddog said...

Joseph, you wouldn't happen to have taken any good photos of things the media isn't showing us, would you?

Ah, you do! Post some more, especially if you have any photos which show the free "massage service" you mentioned on your blog!

Tim Maddog

 
At 2:19 AM, Blogger Tim Maddog said...

Feiren, I forgot to ask if you also had any photos from the crowd of things the news isn't showing us.

Tim Maddog

 

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