Since taking office as mayor, he has often had to run the city “with a dark cloud hanging over [his] head,” Han, the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, told reporters in Kaohsiung.
Every effort he has made has been distorted by the DPP’s online influence campaigns and “cybertroops,” he said.
“It has become so bad that my team and I would be blamed even if a few more leaves fell off a tree than usual — that is how bad it is,” he said.
Earlier yesterday, Han wrote on Facebook that an Internet user has posted a photograph of Kaohsiung’s Love River (愛河) taken in May following heavy rains, and falsely claimed that the river had become polluted under his governance.
An Internet user found that the image allegedly came from “cybertroops” run by Yang Hui-ju (楊蕙如), a former campaign aide to Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), Han wrote.
Kaohsiung residents know that the city has been making progress over the past year, Han told reporters, adding that the city government has repaired roads and street lamps, planned a new English-language education program and helped young people launch start-ups.
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