Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: NPA to reinforce police for marches

A rally in support of a drive to recall Han organized by Wecare Kaohsiung is scheduled to begin at 1:30pm at the Kaohsiung Cultural Center on Wufu First Road and march 11.1km to Dayi Street, organizers said.

The “Rise of the South: Kaohsiung’s Glory” parade in support of Han, the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) candidate in the Jan. 11 presidential election, and his running mate, former premier Simon Chang (張善政), is to start at 1:11pm at Aozihdi Forest Park (凹仔底森林公園) and conclude at the gate of Smile Park (微笑公園) on Wenzi Road about 3.1km away.

Asked to comment on a remark by Han’s deputy chief campaign officer Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) that there could be another incident reminiscent of the 319 Shooting — an assassination attempt on March 19, 2004, against then-president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and then-vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) — in the run-up to next month’s election, Kolas said that politicians should speak on evidence and refrain from causing tension or divisions in society.

In related news, the American Institute in Taiwan warned US citizens in Kaohsiung about the “possibly conflicting” events, urging them to exercise caution in the vicinity of the rallies or, if possible, avoid them completely.

It also warned of anticipated traffic congestion along the events’ routes and on the Kaohsiung MRT.

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