Groups to protest pro-unification rally

DEFENDING FREEDOM: One city councilor said many people feel they cannot sit idly by as the pro-China groups abuse the freedom of speech in their proxy work for China

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 13, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

A group of civic organizations is to stage a counterdemonstration to a rally by pro-

Democratic Progressive Party Taichung City councilors Lin Te-yu, left, and Lin Chi-feng hold placards in Taichung yesterday urging the city’s police department to revoke the approval of a pro-unification demonstration.Photo: Huang Chung-shan, Taipei Times

unification parties in Taichung today.

Legal experts and advocacy groups have criticized Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) and Taichung police for approving the rally organized by the China Unification Promotion Party (CUPP) and the Association for China’s Peaceful Unification, during which national flags of the People’s Republic of China are to be prominently displayed.

Controversy has been simmering over the rally, which was in media focus again yesterday following the deportation of the intended key speaker, Chinese academic Li Yi (李毅), who has advocated for China to invade Taiwan by force.

Taichung City Councilor Huang Shou-ta (黃守達) of the Democratic Progressive Party said that he had been working with a coalition of civic groups and pro-Taiwanese independence organizations to prepare a counter demonstration.    [FULL  STORY]

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