Date: Mar 16, 2016
By Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Activist Lin Yi-fang (林一方) yesterday announced that he would go on a hunger strike starting at noon today outside the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters in Taipei to protest against the party caucus’ draft name changes to a proposed cross-strait accords oversight act.
The caucus last month said it would redraft the bill in line with the Republic of China (ROC) Constitution, replacing the terms “Taiwan” and “China” in a previous draft to “Taiwan Area” and “Mainland Area.”
Lin, a supporter of Taiwanese independence, said he is prepared to hold out as long as he can or until the party tables a draft act that is in accordance with international standards.
Lin said the DPP during the Sunflower movement in 2014 promised it would table a legislative act to enforce full transparency and oversight for inter-party negotiations, “but its draft is now using terms that reflect the spirit of the ‘one country, two areas’ concept mentioned in that detestable Constitution.”
“The DPP has achieved absolute power, winning both the presidential election and a majority in the Legislative Yuan earlier this year, and it should focus on realizing its ideals that Taiwan is a sovereign, independent nation, instead of bowing to the ‘convenience’ of government by using terms in line with the Constitution,” Lin said. [FULL STORY]