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Friday, October 13, 2006

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Requiem for the Red Shirts

This morning's edition of the China Times ran a series of articles and op-ed pieces announcing the end of Shih Ming-teh's ill-fated, misguided, and self-serving movement to oust President Chen. Zhongshan precinct has revoked demonstration permits for the next two weeks, Shih has apologized to his followers for miscommunications and generally, and the protestors have been told to go home for the next two weeks. The next rally is planned for whenever the investigation into Chen's management of a secret slush fund concludes. I wouldn't be holding my breath if I were a protestor.

Suddenly the China Times has woken up to the fact that Chen was never going to resign unless he or a blood relative were indicted, that the entire movement is needlessly provoking ethnic tensions, and that it is fundamentally undemocratic. They are now noting the falling numbers and that centrist voters are tired of the mess in Taipei and provocative behavior of the mobs on Tuesday. Chen Ju is now back in the race in Kaohsiung thanks to the reds, and Ma Ying-jeou is suddenly looking a whole lot less invincible than he did a few months ago.

Welcome back to the real world.

4 Comments:

At 5:27 AM, Anonymous Raj said...

Oh the irony! I doubt anyone could have imagined the DPP would do well out of these protests. And against all counts they have not just pulled through but also got increased support in some areas, as you pointed out.

If the Pan-Blues did collapse the government and there were new elections, do you think the DPP would do all that badly?

And let's not forget James Soong is considering standing for Taipei Mayor....

 
At 9:00 AM, Blogger Taiwan Matters said...

There's been a spate of articles like this, probably to get a big spark now that Shih has turned on Ma. He just doesn't know when to shut up. That's why he got kicked out of the DPP. Great post, Feiren.

Michael

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger Poseidon206 said...

Thank goodness the protestors are going home! Now I can visit my aunt who lives in Huai-ning street! I was only able to get in contact with my aunt by telephone in the past month. She asked me not to visit the area unless I absolutely had to...

 
At 3:45 PM, Blogger Feiren said...

Poseidon:

I work in the same neighborhood. I think your aunt was being overly cautious. Despite some silly behaviour, people were generally fairly well-behaved. There certainly would have been no problem visiting Huaining St. I had lunch there sevreal times during the height of the protests and didn't feel in the slightest threatened.

 

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