the march last August 30th, and my section was the biggest crowd I have ever been in (I have been to many packed home games at the U of Michigan and at the old Cleveland Stadium). I discussed the size of the march with individuals throughout my part (I walked the route from Wanhua to the Memorial Hall With Two Names) as well as with expats on other parts of it. Most of the people I spoke with thought there were over 100,000 in my section alone, as did I, although I heard figures as low as 60,000. The other routes were similarly large. I think I good conservative estimate for this march is about 400,000, with 500,000 a reasonable figure. The 600,000 claimed by the DPP is undoubtedly high but at least it is not insanely high like their 300,000 estimate for the August 30, 2008 march. The police and KMT claims of 100,000 should not be taken seriously by any rational listener. Hilariously, Mayor Hau of Taipei at first even claimed that each route had only "10,000+"....
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