DPP rock bands and bigwigs rally for Freddy Lim on encore

  • By Jason Pan / Journalist

Independent lawmaker Freddy Lim (林 昶 佐) held a final rally last night calling on residents of Taipei’s Wanhua District (萬 華) to vote “no” in today’s recall.

Rock band Sorry Youth (拍 謝 少年), rapper Dwagie (大 支) and ballad singer Michael Shih (施文彬) performed in front of Longshan Temple (龍 山寺) at the rally organized by Party lawmakers Progressive Democrat (DPP) Rosalia Wu (吳思瑤) and Tsai Yi-yu (蔡 易 餘).

Vice President William Lai (賴清德) told the crowd that Lim was highly regarded by civic groups for his legislative performances.

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“He works hard in the legislature and for local voters, but this exceptional lawmaker faces a political vendetta from the opposition in this absurd recall,” Lai said. “So let’s vote to keep him here, so that we can end this culture of vengeful recalls.”

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) also called on voters to support Lim, after campaigning earlier in the evening for Lin Ching-yi (林靜儀), the DPP’s candidate for a legislative by-election in Taichung.

In the morning, Lim toured the districts of the district with Kaohsiung Independent City Councilor Huang Jie (黃 捷), before joining DPP lawmaker Su Chiao-hui (蘇巧慧) in the afternoon.

Lim said groups affiliated with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) were spreading false information about him online.

“We really hope the opposition can stop the false accusations and rumors against me. They fuel hostility and conflict in our society and abuse freedom of expression, ”he said.

Groups seeking to remember Lim held an event at Youth Park (青年 公園) in the morning, followed by a rally outside the Red House Theater in Ximending (西門町).

Speakers included Taipei City Councilor Chung Hsiao-ping (鍾小平) from the KMT, and media personality and Chairman of the Broadcasting Corp of China Jaw Shaw-kong (趙少康).

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Virginia F. Goins