‘Demolish the gov’t’ rally set for Sunday

By Annie Yang ,Special to The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — As the Dapu controversy rages on, farmers organizations and members of the arts and culture sectors are planning a demonstration “818: Take Back the State, Demolish the Government” (把國家還給人民818拆政府行動) for this Sunday. Organizers said the rally will be held on Taipei’s Ketagalan Boulevard (凱達格蘭大道). The two primary groups opposed to the demolition of the Dapu houses will also mount an evening gathering in Miaoli County tonight before traveling to Taipei for the “Demolish the Government” protest.

Sunday’s demonstration will be organized in the style of a mourning hall to symbolize what they say is the death of democracy. Organizers have estimated that tens of thousands of people will turn out for protest.

The Taiwan Rural Front (台灣農村陣線), which is involved in the demonstration, has proclaimed that the gathering is open to all who have grievances against the government, and citizens are encouraged to voice their opinions.

Aside from erecting a mourning hall, cow dung is to be offered as an important symbol of grassroots Taiwanese culture, while Ampullariidae (福壽螺), a type of invasive snail, will be featured to represent the damaging effects of outside influences on rural areas.

The activists will call for the preservation of local culture and the end to damaging influences on rural areas, organizers said.

Hsu Shih-jung (徐世榮), a professor with National Chengchi University’s Department of Land Economics, has encouraged people who have concerns about social justice to participate in the demonstration, especially laborers, farmers, students and people working in the arts and culture sector. He also said that he will report the alleged corruption of Miaoli County Magistrate Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻) to the Special Investigation Division to seek justice for the people of the county.