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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

A further intro to "Bulletgate"

In the pan-green corner...
Chen Shui-bian, known to many by his nickname "A-bian," is a former political prisoner, having been imprisoned for eight months in 1986 - 1987 on charges of libel after publishing a magazine criticizing Elmer Feng [sometimes spelled "Fung"] (then a secretary to president Chiang Ching-kuo, son of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek) and saying that Feng had plagiarized foreign publications in a book which was "presented as his own scholarly work."

It was the "Kaohsiung Incident" of 1979 -- in which government troops fought with pro-democracy demonstrators -- that is said to have inspired Chen to become a defense lawyer for Huang Hsin-chieh, one of the defendants who was charged with sedition in that incident.

Between that time and becoming president, Chen served on the Taipei City Council, on the Legislative Yuan, and as Taipei City Mayor, fighting for the advancement of democracy the whole way.

Chen's running mate and Taiwan's current vice-president is Annette Lu (Lu Hsiu-lien), a graduate of Harvard University. Lu was also a political prisoner during the 1980s. She was charged with sedition for giving a speech at a rally prior to the 1979 "Kaohsiung Incident" and sentenced to 12 years in prison. However, she was paroled for medical reasons after serving five years and four months of her sentence.

Lu was elected to Taiwan's Legislative Yuan in 1993 and as magistrate of Taoyuan County in 1997. During her first term as vice-president, rumors flew about saying that she had tried to unseat the president because of a (rumored) power struggle. [Read an earlier INDIAC post on this topic here.]

DPP: progressive; KMT: empty-headed
Nearly 4 years after Chen's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took power, the pan-blues -- despite still controlling a large percentage of Taiwan's media outlets -- had learned nothing productive, and could only rely upon their old tricks.

The content of the "Bulletgate" pamphlet is fairly typical of the slimy behavior of the pan-blues. What's not typical about it is that it was produced in English and distributed to members of the U.S. Congress in an attempt to create their own "clouds of suspicion" around the second consecutive presidential election that they lost.

* A Wikipedia article on Chen Shui-bian
* Read about depraved crybaby troublemaker Elmer Feng's more recent exploits.
* The "Bulletgate" pamphlet [PDF file], for your reading displeasure

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