About 100 representatives of 19 civic groups from Kaohsiung rallied in Taipei on Wednesday to protest plans by Kaohsiung's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government to demolish residential buildings to make way for three urban development projects.
The protesters first rallied outside DPP headquarters, mocking President Tsai Ing-wen (???) by repeating the words "be humble, be humble and be more humble" she uttered to fellow DPP colleagues in her victory speech after winning the presidential election in January.
Tsai also serves as chairwoman of the ruling party.
They then moved to Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei and staged a demonstration there.
At a press conference at DPP headquarters, the representatives demanded that Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (??) of the DPP suspend the three major Kaohsiung development projects, citing a lack of transparency and a disregard for the rights of those being evicted.
Tsai pledged that her government would be the best communicator of any government in Taiwan's history and would be humble, the group said, but it argued that Chen has seemed to turn a deaf ear to public opinion and showed no humility at all.
They urged Chen to immediately suspend the development projects and revoke the executive orders she issued to evict residents from and demolish the affected buildings.
They also demanded that the government make the details of the projects transparent and establish a mechanism for affected residents to participate in the decision-making process regarding the projects.
In response, the city government said the three development projects were launched to solve problems left over from the past few decades and ensure the safety and security of city dwellers.
It said that as a responsible government, it chose to address the problems despite pressure from various sources.
Residents of the apartment buildings affected by the projects have until the end of this month to vacate their homes, the city said.
It has said it would evict residents by force if they choose to remain in their homes past the deadline, according to an earlier media report.
Source: Focus Taiwan