Tens of thousands of Taiwanese marched in the streets of the capital Saturday to protest the president’s efforts to improve relations with rival China.
The protest was the first mass rally against President Ma Ying-jeou since his inauguration about 100 days ago. It came amid worries among some people that Ma’s efforts to boost Taiwan’s economy with China’s help could threaten the island’s sovereignty.
In downtown Taipei, people shouted, “Ma Ying-jeou, step down!” Some waved cardboard signs reading, “Taiwan Yes, China No.” Police said about 40,000 people participated in the rally.
Protesters said they are worried that Ma is leaning toward China too quickly and that it might bring disastrous political consequences.
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