Social groups held their annual protest rally, called “Autumn Struggle,” outside the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP’s) Taipei headquarters on Sunday to blast the DPP government for conducting what it described as “fake transitional justice.”
The high-profile rally that gathered 500 activists, held under the theme of “People Want Justice, Puncture a Fake Transition,” compared the DPP’s political promises before the presidential election in January and what it has done since taking power in May.
The review focused on several issues related to immigrants and migrant workers, forced eviction, educational reform, gender equality, energy resources and food safety, and work hours and overtime.
Kuo Kuan-chun (郭冠均), a member of 2012 Workers’ Struggle, said President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) used many political slogans during her election campaign to tell people “Taiwan will be different,” but “how have the results turned out?”
The Tsai government has been in power for more than six months, but Kuo asked where the transitional justice was that it promised people before the election.
Regardless of the issue, Kuo said all he has seen is nothing but government posturing and the DPP’s increasingly cozy ties with business conglomerates, he said.
That’s why this year’s Autumn Struggle focused on “puncturing the government’s fake transitional justice.”
“People want a true democracy and real transformation,” Kuo said.
More than 50 civil groups joined the 2016 Autumn Struggle to voice their dissatisfaction with the new government’s performance and blasted it for turning its back on grassroots workers and socially disadvantaged groups in favor of business interests.
During the rally, the activists affixed a board inscribed with the words “Fraud Ring” in Chinese to a movable steel fence placed by police to separate the protesters from the DPP building. The board was addressed to President Tsai.
In response, the Ministry of Labor said it took the protesters’ appeals seriously and will handle them cautiously.
DPP spokesman, Yang Chia-liang (楊家俍) said his party “fully understands” the Taiwanese people’s high expectations of the government and is pushing ahead with various reform programs.
“The DPP will help the government communicate with all sectors of society” to satisfy the people’s expectations of the government, he said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel