Wu’er Kaixi, a Chinese democracy activist and one of the former student leaders in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest, has announced that he will be running for a seat in the Taiwan parliament.
Twenty-six years ago, Wu’er fled China and moved to Taichung after Beijing’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square, and has now pledged to fight for human rights and justice in his adopted home. He also pledged to take a tougher approach to Taiwan’s relations with China.
Wu’er’s rival, Chang Liao Wan-chien, a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) contender, will also be running for the same parliament seat in Taichung. Recently, Wu’er reached an agreement with Chang whereby the one with the least support would endorse the other in a bid to unseat Tsai Chin-long, an incumbent legislator from the pro-China Kuomintang (KMT). They both agreed that Tsai must be defeated.
“The KMT needs to be normalised. It is an enormous monster,” Wu’er said, adding that the biggest mission in his campaign is to deepen the democracy of Taiwan.
The people of Taiwan will be electing a new president and parliament in January next year and the pro-independence DPP is expected to win by a wide margin. Wu’er and Chang will decide who will stand for national election by mid-September.
By Crystal Lau
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