(Dr.Tsai Ing-wen delivered this speech at 10pm on
It’s almost 10pm now. The DPP deeply thanks those who have spent the past seven hours with us. We are all here to fight for
During our march today we saw many enthusiastic supporters, and this heartens us greatly! We also met many enthusiastic supporters who have given generously to help support the DPP. The party’s senior staff has even told me that it has been a very long time since they have been so moved by this kind of rally and the response from the people. We of the DPP must say thank you from the very bottom of our hearts to all you supporters!
In yesterday’s Liberty Times there was a letter from a professor who said that he would definitely join the demonstration today, even if he had to crawl! When I read this I was deeply moved and most thankful. I feel thankful because there are still so many people who never leave us, never abandon us, and still willing to follow the DPP and stand together in order to protect
I believe that there are many supporters who have not joined us today either here or in
The DPP already played a key historic role in changing
In the past we never had to worry about the possible loss of our sovereignty, and we never had to worry that our hard won democracy would be rolled back. However, today we can see clearly that our sovereignty is being lost, our democracy is being rolled back. It is now up to us, this generation of the Taiwanese people, to lead
Since I took over as DPP chair a year ago, I have been deeply moved by this experience. Our DPP members, our supporters have had a complex set of emotions, with ups and downs. We have experienced disappointments, pain, exhaustion, sadness, and concern. Disappointment because of the loss of political power and the lost opportunity to serve our people; pain over the continuous humiliation that all of those who served in the DPP administration have suffered at the hands of the current government and some of the media; concern over the fact that Taiwan’s sovereignty is slipping away, the economy is deteriorating, and democracy as well as human rights are being rolled back.
I stand here today to tell our DPP members and supporters that history has harshly judged the DPP, and is putting the DPP to a difficult test. This shows that history has had great hopes and expectations for the DPP, and the Taiwanese people have great expectations of the DPP. We must work harder than ever, while standing straighter and taller than others. Then, and only then, can we stand on the front lines to protect
Over this past year we have seen that the KMT is not a party in which we can place any expectations. In the course of this past year, we have seen many KMT high officials rushing into
The international situation changes rapidly. The international community possesses its own strategic thinking, its own strategic considerations, and its own strategic calculations. If
Having made our decision, we must bravely set forth, and speak out with a loud voice. Today we are witnesses to history, witnessing that the Taiwanese people are our choice, that we raise our voices for the future of our country, and that we wish to let the international community know what the Taiwanese people have chosen!
Our people are suffering, angry, and fearful. This is why we cannot not stand up! 60 years ago the KMT lost
We must not let our country sink like this. We must determine our own future. We do not want to lose our own country, so we must stand up and denounce President Ma in order to safeguard
Ma Ying-jeou is afraid. Ma Ying-jeou’s government is afraid, so they have begun to confiscate
Ma Ying-jeou is attempting to bring us back the authoritarian days to
In Ma Ying-jeou’s dictionary, there are no checks and balances between the executive and legislative branches of government, nor any oversight of the executive by the legislature. In Ma Ying-jeou’s dictionary, there is no respect for public opinion. Because of his own incompetence, he must try to humiliate and eliminate the opposition. Because of his own incompetence, he must amend the Parade and Assembly Law in order to take away the streets from the people. Because of his own incompetence, he must make the government structure of
We can expect nothing from Ma’s team. They haven’t got a clue how to get us out of this economic tempest. Their sole answer is to bring
As I already noted, the DPP has already changed
As I already noted, when the DPP was the ruling party, Taiwanese society was the freest it has ever been, that was the most open time in our history. We did not worry about the loss of our sovereignty or human rights violations.
What we must do now is to once again change
One year into the Ma Ying-jeou Administration, the Taiwanese people have come to realize that Taiwanese democracy is still very young and fragile. So, it is incumbent on our generation to push for a second democratic reform, to make up for whatever shortcomings there were in the first wave of democratization.
This second reform effort can not rely solely upon the Legislative Yuan. In fact, we are witnessing the revival of the student movement of the 80s and the social movement of the 90s. We have to remobilize the power of our grassroots support. Only in this manner can this second wave of democratic reform be successful. Today, we have begun!
My dear Taiwanese people, perhaps you took part in efforts to protect Taiwan during the 1950s, the economic takeoff during the 1960s, the “Ten [Infrastructure] Projects” in the 1970s, the industrial transformation of the 1980s, or the reform of the 1990s. We cannot let a lifetime of hard work be ruined! Please stand up to protect