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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

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Photos and video from the August 30 anti-Ma rally

The decent ones, anyway

There are some images here that already appeared in my previous post, but here are the rest of my best shots from the 830 "Hundred Days' Roar" rally (830百日怒吼全民站出). Video of the event is at the bottom of this post.

By request
All of the photos in this section are of people who specifically asked to have their pictures taken so that their message could be seen by even more people.

TAIWAN not CHINA, TAIWAN be TAIWAN
This whole group stopped for my camera and only moved again until I waved them on so I could shoot some video of them marching.
They seem to have something they want the world to know:
"We aren't Chinese, no matter how times certain people try to say we are."
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''Taiwan,'' not ''China, Taiwan''
''Taiwan,'' not ''China, Taiwan''
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''This land is *my* land''
Hello from the Taiwan Republic
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Snap me if you can!
Another member of the 908 Taiwan Republic campaign
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Traffic cop
This guy stood in front of my camera and struck a pose, so I pressed the shutter.
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A lady with a handmade sign painted on a fan
In poetic language, the sign says
"Horrible government, step the fuck down"
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Giving my presence a thumbs up
A man gives my presence at the rally a thumbs up
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Man in a farmer's hat giving the thumbs up
Another man gives my presence an enthusiastic thumbs up
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Handmade ''Taiwan Republic'' sign
It says "Taiwan Republic"
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A huge thumbs up
A proud Taiwanese woman takes her message to the Presidential Office office of Mr. Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) along with somewhere between 100,000 and 300,000 other people.
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Ma takes office, and right away, we can barely survive!
Two guys in the back raise their black signs high. The signs say
"Ma takes office, and right away, we can barely survive!"
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Grab bag
Here are a bunch more photos of all kinds of things: people, signs, flags, hats, banners, vehicles, chains, tents, buildings, shirts, bigwigs, questionable food products, and more.
A Taiwan flag flies in front of the  228 Memorial
A proposed Taiwan flag flies in front of the 228 Memorial
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2 ladies with hats reading ''TAIWAN my country''
2 ladies with hats reading "TAIWAN my country"
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Taiwan is not part of China
The sign says, "Taiwan is not part of China."
The shirt says "One China, One Taiwan."
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TAIWANESE INDEPENDENCE
Taiwanese Independence banner
Hey, it's the status quo!
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Young people marching
Young guys with gongs
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The cry of a country enslaved
The cry of a country enslaved
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Taiwanan blog was there
Taiwanan bloggers were there
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Taiwan, not Chinese Taipei
Taiwan, not Chinese Taipei
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''Taiwan,'' not ''China, Taiwan''
Taiwan, not China, Taiwan
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Taiwan is not part of China
TAIWAN is not part of China
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Taiwan is not part of China
TAIWAN is not part of China
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Mr. Ma's empty office
Mr. Ma's empty office
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Taiwan GO!GO!GO!
Taiwan GO!GO!GO!
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Stop inflation!
Prices of commodities are rising in Taiwan, even when they're decreasing internationally.
Mr. Ma, is it a "mission: impossible" for you to do something about that?
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Sovereignty, livelihood, and sunshine laws
Sovereignty, livelihood, and sunshine laws: three basic things desired by the Taiwanese people
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Mr. Ma, stop betraying Taiwan
Mr. Ma, stop betraying Taiwan
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Ma Ying-jeou, gimme back my cow!
Ma Ying-jeou, gimme back my cow!
馬英九還我牛!
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Ma Ying-Jeou is quisling
"Ma Ying-Jeou is quisling, Resign now!"
is what it says, I think.
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We want sunshine!
"We want sunshine!" --
a request for laws to prevent corruption
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It is NOT OKAY to bash TAIWAN
It is NOT OKAY to bash TAIWAN
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The corner by NTU Hospital was packed!
The road alongside NTU Hospital (台大醫院) was packed with people!
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''TAIWAN'' in decorative lettering
"TAIWAN" in decorative lettering on the back of someone's shirt
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All ages know that the TAIEX immediately dropped when Ma took office
Taiwanese of all ages know that the TAIEX immediately dropped below 7,000 points when Ma took office.
and they remember his empty promises that it would go above 10,000 -- or even 20,000.
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Tsai Ing-wen and Ker Chien-ming lead a large group
DPP chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) lead a large group of marchers.
(They're all the way to the left of the image.)
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Taipei Mitsukoshi building at twilight
Taipei Mitsukoshi building at twilight
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Jingfumen 景福門
Jingfumen (景福門)
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Anti-Annexation 反併吞
Anti-Annexation (反併吞)
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WTF? ''Taike'' Doritos?!
In 1969, it was the brown acid...
In 2008, don't eat the Taike Doritos!
(WTF were they thinking?!)
(Seen at a 7-Eleven in the Taipei Train Station on my way back home)
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And then there was video
What? The pictures weren't enough? Okay. Here are some scenes I recorded near the 228 Peace Park, in front of National Taiwan University Hospital, and on Ketagalan Boulevard near Jingfumen (景福門):


4:29 YouTube video: "830 anti-Ma Rally, Taipei, Taiwan"


What to watch for:
0:05 - 0:34 - At the corner of Xiangyang Road (襄陽路) and Gongyuan Road (公園路), marchers have already started passing. Police are directing traffic away from the parade route. I had just arrived in Taipei via the HSR and had walked directly to this spot.
0:35 - 0:52 - Further south on Gongyuan Road, larger groups pass the camera chanting 馬英九下台! ("Ma Ying-jeou, step down!")
0:53 - 0:55 - Two young ladies in green "908 Taiwan Republic" vests display the Victory/Peace sign.
1:00 - 1:29 - Banging on pots, accompanied by a very Taiwanese singing style
1:30 - Two beeps at the camera with a compressed-air horn
1:43 - 1:49 - A man with a horse on a stick, representing Ma Ying-jeou (whose family name means "horse") strikes poses and shows me the two sides of his sign. I can't make out the first side, but the second side says 馬上失足, or "Ma gets elected, immediately loses footing."
1:50 - 1:58 - A man with a farmer's hat says to me in English, "Hello, hello. Thank you, thank you. Thank you." Then he shakes my hand -- the one that's strapped to the camera -- and I somehow maintain a fairly steady shot.
2:09 - 2:25 - A sound truck drives by playing a pro-Taiwan song with a nice melody and a bit of an island/reggae beat.
2:26 - 2:32 - A dog on a bicycle!
2:33 - 2:44 - This very energetic group stopped so I could record them, then moved on with a very Taiwanese "Thank you very much-y!" Another man in the group adds (in English), "Taiwan number one!"
2:45 - 2:53 - Both sides of Zhongshan South Road alongside National Taiwan University Hospital are packed with people as are the sidewalks -- all the way down to the Jingfu Gate.
2:54 - 3:10 - A Taiwan flag in front of the 228 Monument with the rhythmic beating of a pot in the background. This scene is slightly out of chronological order, and it wasn't actually that dark.
3:12 - 3:23 - Looking toward the main stage on Ketagalan Boulevard. I was closer to Jingfu Gate than I was to the stage.
3:24 - 3:52 - The crowd sings a Taiwan favorite, "She [Taiwan] is Our Baby."
3:53 - 4:29 - Credits roll over a longer audio clip of the song played earlier by the sound truck. YouTube chops off the last three seconds of my audio.

That's all I've got.

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Cross-posted at It's Not Democracy, It's A Conspiracy!

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1 Comments:

At 10:16 PM, Blogger gloria said...

Such passionate faces for Taiwan. Thanks for posting them.

 

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