Taipei Times: 2020 ELECTIONS: DPP to hold ‘safeguard Taiwan’ rally

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday unveiled a plan to counter “red infiltration” by staging a “safeguard Taiwan, boycott Wu Sz-huai” rally outside its Taipei headquarters on Sunday next week.

Retired army major general Wu Sz-huai (吳斯懷) is a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator-at-large candidate. He sparked controversy following media reports that he attended an event in 2016 in China to commemorate the 150th birthday of Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙), during which he sat through a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) and stood as participants sang the Chinese national anthem.

Wu and retired Central Police University associate professor Yeh Yu-lan (葉毓蘭) are clearly pro-China and pose a threat to the nation’s security if elected, DPP Vice Secretary-General Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) said, adding that this issue concerns not only the DPP, but parties across the political spectrum.

Wu on Thursday said that he would die defending the ROC, but it looks more like he wants to destroy the ROC, Lin said.

Enoch Wu (吳怡農), the DPP legislative candidate for the Zhongshan-Southern Songshan electoral district, said he initiated a drive to boycott Wu not to win points in the election, but to uphold national security.

Wu said he regrets that his rival, KMT Legislator Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安), had chosen to remain silent over the issue, urging people to vote for a candidate who resolutely defends the nation in the Jan. 11 legislative elections.

Meanwhile, KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) accused the DPP of whipping up anti-China sentiment and instilling in people a sense of doom to gain an electoral advantage.

Young voters should wake up to the reality that contrary to the DPP’s statement that it would employ young people to help its administration, the unemployment rate among young people remains high, he told reporters while stumping for Chiang and KMT legislators Lee Yen-hsiu (李彥秀) and Alex Fai (費鴻泰) in Taipei.

The DPP rout in last year’s local elections showed that people loathed the party, which has damaged cross-strait relations, allowed the economy to stay weak and could not do anything right, he said.

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