By Beth Main
150,000 protesters turned out in Taipei, sporting the Chinese character for ‘fury’, to march in protest at the incompetency of President Ma Ying-jeou on Sunday 13. This number far exceeded the expectations of the opposition party DPP (always stirring up trouble) who organised the 5 kilometre march to the Presidential Office Building.
The disgruntled Taiwanese demanded the replacement of the Cabinet, new economic policies, abandonment of nuclear power, protection of free media, and a solution to the financial problems of social security and the pension system.
The march, led by DPP leader Mr Su Tseng-chang and other prominent opposition politicians, also provided the opportunity for people to vent their frustration by hitting oil barrels or throwing white-and-blue flip-flops at effigies of Ma (the colours of his Kuomintang party).
The DPP has threatened that if no action is taken by Ma that they will use the Presidential Election and Recall Act to launch a recall movement against him in May.