830 protest in Taipei

Tens of thousands# of Taiwanese hit the streets of Taipei today to protest against the poor record of President Ma Ying-jeou’s administration in its first 100 days in office. I joined the march at Longshan Temple, one of its two starting points in Taipei. The march went through the streets of Taipei until it reached Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office in the late afternoon.

830 protest outside Longshan Temple MRT Station

After exiting the Longshan Temple MRT station it was obvious that the crowd was huge. The signs that can be seen here show the slogans for the protest. They were guts (顧腹肚), protecting Taiwan’s sovereignty (護主權) and pass the sunshine bills (要陽光).

There were plenty of interesting characters in the crowd. Despite the negative sentiments motivating the protest the atmosphere was upbeat and friendly.

There were plenty of interesting signs for people to communicate their message. This one says, “Oppose the Ma government’s de-Taiwanisation and harming national sovereignty” (反對馬政府 去台灣化 傷害國家主權).

The march headed north along Zhonghua Road passing by Ximending before it doubled back towards Ketagalan Boulevard.

The march came to a conclusion on Ketagalan Boulevard where the sun was setting behind the Presidential Office. I understand DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was due to give a speech, but I left before the finale.

# This number was based on my own guess after attending the march. Although there is some dispute about the figures there were probably over one hundred thousand participating. Michael Turton discusses the crowd numbers in more detail on his blog.

* More photos in the 830 protest set at flickr.

3 thoughts on “830 protest in Taipei

  1. Hi, David. Sorry I missed seeing you Sunday. I stationed myself at Ketagalan Boulevard and took photos as the crowd arrived. And what a crowd! All ages, very friendly, very spirited.

    It might interest you to know that blogging groups were well represented at the tables. Crowds of teens and college students gathered to sign up and to pick up swag.

    GreenPretty, a consortium of young female bloggers, was selling T-shirts and hats and posting exhibits. This group hosts its pages here:

    http://greenpretty168.pixnet.net/blog/

    The pun is on ‘Green Party’, of course. As you can see, this group has designed and elegant and clever logo. The swag disappears quickly.

  2. I wonder where these folks were when the stock market sunk from 10,000 to about 3,000 under the DPP administration. I also do not recall seeing these guys taking the streets when A-bian modified his inauguration speech upon receipt of a note from across the strait.

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