Several Thousand Rally in Support of Taiwan’s Chen
Several thousand demonstrators waved flags and chanted in Taiwan’s capital Saturday to protest the detention of former President Chen Shui-bian on graft allegations.
Judges ordered the 57-year-old Chen jailed Nov. 12, and he has refused solid food since then. Chen denies allegations of money laundering and embezzling money from a presidential fund and says the government of President Ma Ying-jeou is persecuting him for his anti-China views.
Many supporters waved small flags at a Taipei park Saturday reading “Taiwan is our country.” Some wore headbands saying “Stop judicial persecution” and chanted “Cheers for A-bian,” Chen’s nickname.