Over the past few months Su Beng has been keeping busy, not only with speaking engagements about his book The Oral
History of Su Beng
(史明口述史) but by participating in a number of protests in Taipei. Su Beng and the Taiwan Independence Action motorcade have been out there en force for many of them.
|Su Beng sitting on one of his Taiwan Independence Action motorcade propaganda trucks (July 27, 2013)|
On July 27 civic organizations in Taipei protested against a cross-strait service trade agreement that was signed between Taiwan and China in Shanghai on June 21. According to this Taipei Times article published on July 28
“President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) government did not consult with any industries or the legislature before signing the agreement,” Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told the rally held in Taipei.
National Taiwan University economics department chairwoman Jang Show-ling (鄭秀玲) said in a video shown at the rally that the Ma administration violated three principles in signing the cross-strait service trade agreement.
The signing lacked transparency throughout the process, it put commercial interests ahead of national interests by opening air, sea and land transportation and communication industries to China and the agreement is unequal, she said.
|The Taiwan Independence Action motorcade arriving at the front of the Presidential Office in Taipei (August 18, 2013)|
Then on August 18th there was the "Give the Country Back to its People, the 818 Mission to Tear Down the Government" protest rally organized by The Taiwan Rural Front (TRF). August 18 was the one-month anniversary of the forced demolition of private homes in Miaoli County’s Dapu Borough (大埔). The protest was scheduled to take place on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office. Protestors were seeking justice for victims, who’s homes had been torn down to build a science park. For three years the residents had been fighting to stop the demolition, but on the morning of July 18, while Dapu residents and civic groups were protesting in Taipei, four homes were demolished. You can read a detailed account of what happened on July 18 here: http://fareasternpotato.blogspot.tw/2013/07/things-coming-apart-dapu-outrage-as.html
Here are some more photos from the August 18 protest:
|The Presidential Office in Taipei (in the distance)|