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
Date: Apr 13, 2019
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
A group of civic organizations is to stage a counterdemonstration to a rally by pro-
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]