Dapu 818 demonstrators to take to the street this Sunday


By Ray Hsieh, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Protesters against the Dapu house razing will gather again for a demonstration titled “818: Take Back the State, Demolish the Government” (把國家還給人民818拆政府行動) along Ketagalan Boulevard tomorrow. The controversy concerning Dapu Village in Miaoli County has been raging for nearly a month. The main appeal for the Sunday demonstration is against what has been called the government’s disdain for the protester’s demands — an apology for the demolition of houses in Dapu Village, the return of the land to the Dapu residents, an investigation into the alleged corruption of Miaoli County Magistrate Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻) and the amendment of the government’s land acquisitions policy. The Taiwan Rural Front (台灣農村陣線), which is involved in the demonstration, has proclaimed that the gathering is an agglomeration of various groupings, including farmers organizations and members of the arts and culture sectors, which aims to launch a calm civic action.

Organizers of the demonstration have encouraged people who have grievances against the government to take to the streets, as the gathering is an opportunity to let citizens’ voices be heard.

The demonstration will be organized in the style of a mourning hall to symbolize what the organizers say is the death of democraControl Yuan. It has been estimated that tens of thousands of people will turn out for the protest, organizers said.