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“Million Voices against Corruption, President Chen Must Go” Campaign logo, with “DEPOSE” slogan
Million Voices against Corruption, President Chen Must Go (simplified Chinese: 百万人民反贪腐倒扁运动; traditional Chinese: 百萬人民反貪腐倒扁運動; pinyin: Baǐwàn Rénmín Fǎn Tānfǔ Daǒbiǎn Yùndòng) was a mass campaign led by former Democratic Progressive Party leader and Taiwanese politician Shih Ming-te to pressure Republic of China President Chen Shui-bian to resign.
3.1 Early sit-in protests
3.2 The “Surround the City” protest
3.3 The “Surround the Island” protest
3.4 The “Besiege the Presidential Office” demonstration
4.1 Indictment of President Chen’s wife
5 International and English-language media
7 External links
Taiwan’s political scene is divided into two major groups. On one side are the pan-Blues, consisting of the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang, or KMT) and two spin-off parties, the People First Party (PFP), and the New Party. Facing them are the pan-Greens, led by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and its ally the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU). Since the accession of Chen Shui-bian of the DPP to the Presidency in 2000, the Blue-controlled legislature had struggled to oust him, making changes to the impeachment process early in his administration, and attempting to recall him several times.
The latest round of recalls by the Blue side began in the summer of 2006, following a series of accusations of corruption against Chen and members of the first family. Allegations include insider trading by Chen’s son-in-law, buying and selling of shares, and improper use of government funds. The recall motion was defeated due to a lack of votes.
Chen has denied any wrongdoing and not been found guilty by the Taiwanese judicial system. But his approval ratings fell, though the polls that show this is either from pro-Blue news media (which put him at about ~20%) or of completely unsupportable methodology, such as the notorious TSU poll that had him at just 5.8%. Hence, the actual extent of the decline is unknown. There have been calls fro