Greetings to all of you, true owners of
Several hundred thousand people have taken to the streets today, outnumbering the number who joined the October 25th rally last year. There are friends from the DPP, the TSU (Taiwan Solidarity Union), various civil groups, social movement organizations, people from every walk of life - professionals, farmers, workers, business people - and our young people. Today, we are using our feet to write history!
Today, in such a hot weather, several hundred thousand people have walked many different roads to come to
Several hundred thousand people have come out today to
Because during this past year of Ma’s presidency,
Over this past year, numerous agreements have been signed during the three Chiang-Chen talks. We do not agree with Ma's policy of taking
Regarding the Ma administration’s economic performance, our unemployment rate has reached a historic new high. There are seven hundred thousand people who have lost their jobs while more people are at the edge of losing their jobs. Our GDP is decreasing. Our government, in the name of saving the economy, has borrowed heavily and caused the government deficits to scale to a historic high. This government is creating debt that our children cannot afford, this is what we cannot agree on, am I right?
Outrageous bills have been proposed, such as raising the salaries of officials! We do not want this kind of irresponsible legislature, do we?!
For the past year,
Ma administration has broken their campaign promises. While
Many of those who voted for Ma, many of them middle-class and intellectuals, have even said to me, “Chair Tsai, we made mistakes. Please make the DPP strong!” Hasn’t Ma Ying-jeou heard these voices?
If swallows leave, they will come back again some day; if an economic cycle goes bust, it will boom again. However, if a country is lost, it will never re-appear.
Taiwanese don’t have the right to be pessimistic. It’s our country, and so we must take it upon ourselves to save it. We must be united and we must save this country using democratic means!
Democracy is our last defense. Without democracy, there are no human rights; without democracy, there is no sovereignty. We, the Democratic Progressive Party, will stand with Taiwanese people. By combining all our strength and maximizing our best efforts, we will protect our democracy! Will you join us!
To meet this goal, today I am pronouncing the "Citizens' Movement to Protect
There are still many excellent speeches and presentations for the rally tonight. I hope you will join us. After 10pm, we will start the 24-hr sit-in to protest the evil-spirited amendments to the Assembly and Parade Act. I invite you to join us. We will, through our peaceful voice, demonstrate the strongest power - that of the people.
Tonight, let us be together! Let us stay together for 24 hours! Let us have better understanding of each other! Let us become more united! Let us safeguard our