These photos were taken in Taipei on May 17th 2009. At that time the supporters of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Kuomintang’s (KMT) opposite party, was throwing a protest. They were protesting against Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying Jiu, who expressed that it might be better for Taiwan to re-join China. It was truly an interesting experience for me, a foreign student studying in Taiwan, to see directly the country’s political dynamic.
So starting at 2 pm, people gathered in Gongguan, in front of National Taiwan University. There were thousands of protesters, all carrying the DPP flags. After that they started walking on the main street of Taipei, all the way to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial. The march lasted for 2 hours and was a peaceful march. Some people brought their children with them, even their elderly parents were pushed on wheelchairs. Imagine that in Jakarta, they will definetely be crushed by the massive crowds. There were no destructions either, or people starting to create trouble by saying something indescent. The march ended at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. There were people giving speech, unfortunately I didn’t understand much, since my Chinese was still “megap-megap”. An interesting thing was this really cute guy was giving speech on stage. He said that Ma’s regime is like a horse flu (in Chinese the “Ma” also means “horse”) as a pun to swine flu, because of his pro-China regulation.