By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Lu, 71, a veteran feminist and human rights activist, was elected the nation’s first female vice president with the Democratic Progressive Party’s first-ever president, Chen Shui-bian, in 2000, with both being re-elected in 2004 for a second and final term.
Last January 16, Taiwan elected DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen as its first-ever woman president, and she will be inaugurated on May 20.
Lu said she did not invite Tsai to her book presentation because if her “boss” Chen could not come, then others did not need to be invited. Chen was sentenced to 20 years in prison for corruption after he left office, but has been living in Kaohsiung with his family on medical parole since early last year.
Lu reportedly described herself as “stupid” because before she worked at the Presidential Office Building for 2,922 days, she spent 1,933 days in prison. As a democracy activist, she was sentenced to prison under martial law for taking part in opposition protests. [FULL STORY]