Monday, September 5, 2011

1,000 rally for Taiwan sovereignty from Communist China

About 1,000 chanting pro-independence activists took to the streets of Taipei on Sunday, accusing Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou of surrendering the island's sovereignty to China.

The rally, which comes four months ahead of the 2012 presidential election, was considered part of pro-independence groups' efforts to help the leading anti-China opposition, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

"Dump Ma to safeguard Taiwan!" the crowd chanted while marching through the capital.

Pro-independence groups have accused Ma of compromising Taiwan's sovereignty in exchange for economic benefits from Beijing, a claim which has been categorically denied by Ma.

Taiwan's economy last year expanded 10.88 percent, a 24-year high, fuelled by rapid growth in China, the island's main trading partner, Ma has said. more