Thousands hold demos in Taiwan

Demonstrators throw shoes at portraits of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou in Taipei on September 29, 2013.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Taiwanese capital Taipei to demand the resignation of President Ma Ying-jeou.

The demonstrations started on Sunday after hundreds of protestors assembled in front of the presidential residence in downtown Taipei in the morning, chanting slogans and holding signs which read œDown with Ma Ying-jeou!”

Meanwhile, hundreds of demonstrators staged a separate protest at another corner of the capital, throwing shoes at the portraits of Ma and some other politicians.

The protesters were furious at the policies of Ma™s government that include economic mismanagement and illegal wiretapping of legislators.

œPeople have been suffering these days, we simply hope that our voice could be heard by Ma,” said the organizer of a third demonstration in which over 1,000 people participated.

Ma won Taiwan™s presidential polls in 2008 after pledging to boost trade and tourism ties with China. He was re-elected for a second four-year term in January 2012.

However, his approval ratings fell later that year following a bribery scandal that involved top cabinet official Lin Yi-shih.

Ma, who is also the chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), faced a further blow when another of his senior aides, Lai Su-ju, was arrested in March 2013 on suspicion of bribery.

Earlier in September, the ruling party cited phone call records and dismissed parliamentary speaker Wang Jin-pyng from the party on accusations of his meddling in a lawmaker’s court case.

Following the controversy, the Taiwanese opposition accused the government authorities of what they called the illegal tapping of lawmakers’ phones.

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