Yet organisers of the latest campaign - "A Million Voices Against Corruption - Chen Must Go" - have been trying to keep their distance from the mainstream political parties, saying that offers of help from legislators have been turned down.
"We don't want any partisan support. We try to keep this as pure as possible, as a movement of the people," said Emile Sheng, professor of politics at Soochow University, who has joined the protest camp as a media spokesman.
"For me, this is a social movement to rebuild the moral standards of Taiwan politics," he said. "Moral standards are not something Taiwan politicians really care about.
"I think by putting people's attention on anti-corruption, it's going to send a message directly not only to the president, but also to every politician in the future in Taiwan. To let them know that we as a people really care about moral standards and want politics to be conducted in a civil way."
It's pathetic that the journalist didn't bother to do even the slightest bit of background research into these claims. I've commented here on the partisanship of the campaign innumerable times, but the truth is always worth repeating. But here, a pic from the Liberty Times is worth more than a thousand words:
Here is Shih Ming-te flanked by Blue leaders KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou on his left, and PFP Chairman James Soong on his right. Non-partisan? There's Shih seated with two pro-Blue leaders. Shih himself has been cooperating with the Blues for the last five or six years. Anti-corruption? Soong was just convicted in a tax evasion case, and was fingered in French magazine as the bagman for a $400 million payoff. Morality? Sitting there with two willing servants of the authoritarian regime?
This whole thing is a drama of pro-Blue political hackery. I have this dream that some day the media services are going to send people here who both know the island and are willing to dig. I can name two dozen bloggers who could come up with a better piece than that.
UPDATE: Quite a lot of us have complained about the BBC article, both local expats and locals. Maddog discusses his response here. Meanwhile, as of Tuesday the 12th, there are still no comments up.
[Taiwan] [BBC] [Taipei] [Shih Ming-deh/Shih Ming-te] [James Soong] [Chen Shui-bian] [Democracy] [DPP] [Emile Sheng]