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Activists use chrysanthemums in Taiwan

by webdev

February 24, 2011

The Association For Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Chairman, Chen Yunlin, is currently visiting Taiwan, and activists have gathered in the streets to throw flowers at his motorcade, according to The Taipei Times.

The goal of the activists is to bring attention to China's treatment of supporters of democracy. They denounced the nation's government and told it to respect human rights, democracy and right to assembly.

While these movements are traditionally symbolized by jasmine, individuals have turned to white chrysanthemums for this particular occasion. One retired civil servant explained to the news source that he supported the activists.

"We don't have anything against the Chinese people - it's the government we are concerned with," he said.

In addition to using fresh flowers, protest groups have gathered outside E-DA World hotel, where Chen is staying, and sang a folk song while waving the white buds in the direction of the hotel.

Many Taiwanese have urged for independence from China. Presently, the island nation is viewed as a territory of the Republic of China. It was previously occupied by the Japanese until the end of World War II.

 

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