Sunday, March 27, 2005

250,000 Protesters Against China's Pressure

Saturday saw some 250,000 people in Taipei gather for a peaceful demonstration for peace.

The protest was against China's new "anti-secession law" which mandates the use of force against Taiwan if they formally declare independence.

Meanwhile the Taiwanese legislature is attempting to pass an "anti-annexation" law in response. The irony of course is that Taiwan actually can pass such a law since they have their own democratically elected government.


At 10:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Scott Sommers
Only 250,000? I was there and I figured it was way more than any of the demonstrations that followed the election last year (which I also attended), and they were estimated at a half a million. Yes, yes, I know that 250,000 is the China Post number, but they're about as Pan-Blue as anyone can get.

At 12:13 AM, Blogger E. Heroux said...

So after 250,000 I got tired and stopped counting. Actually I've never learned how to estimate crowd sizes. They always seem like "masses" of a lot of people, in this case as far as you can see. That number I gave was somewhere between what the police and CNN stated -- neither of which is more reliable than the Taipei Times which states 1,000,000.
See Scott's interesting description of his p.o.v. at the demonstration at:

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have up-dated my post with an aerial comparison of 326 Demonstration and the Pan-Blue demonstrations against last year's presidential elections.
Scott Sommers.


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