DPP rally on eve of 1025 protest

On the eve of the 1025 Safeguard Taiwan (反黑心‧顧台灣) protest in Taipei, DPP youth groups gathered at Freedom Square (自由廣場) for a “night of watching over democracy” (民主守夜). About 500 people of all ages attended the rally and listened to speeches expressing concern over issues such as the recognition of Chinese university degrees, threats to Taiwan’s sovereignty and contaminated foodstuffs from China.

At 10:00pm DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) attended the rally and gave a speech urging people to turn out for tomorrow’s protest. Other senior DPP members in attendance included former Premier Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) and Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭). However, the focus was on the youth. It was good to see that the efforts the DPP put into the youth campaign during the Presidential election has developed many energetic and outspoken young people.

At midnight the group planned to move to Ketagalan Boulevard and sleep out in tents in readiness for tomorrow’s protest. Many people I spoke to in the crowd expressed a strong discontent with the direction taken by the Ma government. There is likely to be a strong turnout for tomorrow’s protest and further protests next week in the lead up to Chen Yunlin’s visit to Taiwan.

*More photos in the night of watching over democracy set at flickr.