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.
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.