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Monday, April 19, 2004

A riot-free weekend?

There's a first time for everything

While it is said that "more than 300" opposition protesters showed up on Saturday where there had been "thousands" of protesters -- and riots -- on each of the four weekends since the March 20 presidential election in Taiwan, I haven't yet seen any reports of violence over this past weekend. As of last Sunday, I certainly wasn't expecting this.

Could it be that the China Times is telling the truth in their poll which, according to Friday's Taipei Times, says that the sore losers of the election, Lien Chan and James Soong, have shown a double-digit decrease in their "popularity" ratings since the riots of April 10? Or perhaps those numbers understate the decline of Lien and Soong.

In the meantime, both the opposition and at least one turncoat within the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are still spewing rhetoric blaming President Chen Shui-bian for creating "ethnic strife" by promoting "Taiwanese identity" during the election campaign. I hope to post something with more detail on that subject soon.
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