Several thousand anti-independence demonstrators gathered in Taipei to mark the day Taiwan was freed from Japanese colonial rule 58 years ago. Waving Taiwanese flags, the demonstrators shouted slogans, including “Oppose Taiwan independence” and “Against the new constitution” as they marched from the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to the presidential square. The marchers were led by a van decorated with a huge flower-studded portrait of Soong Mayling — widow of former Chinese and Taiwanese leader Chiang Kai-shek — who died in her New York home Friday. Protestors were stopped by barbed wire barricades from approaching the presidential office. “The event, taking place on Taiwan Retrocession Day, was arranged to counter the mass rally planned by pro-independence groups in southern Kaohsiung later Saturday,” said Fung Hu-hsiung, one of the organizers of the march. Retrocession Day marks Taiwan’s emancipation from 50 years of Japanese colonial rule in 1945 at the end of World War II and its return to China, then governed by Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang (KMT). Full Story
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