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Bluebird Movement: Protest swell outside Legislature

Reporter TVBS News Staff
Release time:2024/05/28 18:31
Last update time:2024/05/28 18:31
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TAIPEI (TVBS News) — Protests, now known as the "Bluebird Movement," continued outside Taiwan's Legislative Yuan on Tuesday (May 28), as demonstrators rallied against legislative reform bills they argue could threaten the island's democratic foundations.

Supporters of the bills hope they will be adopted despite strong opposition from the ruling party over the past two weeks. 

 

Protesters argue that the bills, pushed by the Kuomintang and Taiwan People's Party, would give the legislature excessive power to oversee the executive branch, posing a threat to Taiwan's democracy.

Critics fear this could erode democratic principles, sparking significant public outcry and mobilization against the proposed changes. The opposition has been vocal, with thousands already showing discontent and more expected to join as the day progresses. 

Since May 17, the number of protestors has swelled, with organizers reporting over 100,000 attendees at last Friday's event alone. This growing momentum underscores the public's dedication to safeguarding Taiwan's democratic values.
 

Social media platforms, including Threads, Line groups, and Discord, have been instrumental in organizing and mobilizing protestors, highlighting the power of digital platforms in cross-community coordination.

Furthermore, the global Taiwanese community has played a pivotal role in drawing international attention to the protests. Sharing pictures and videos online has helped amplify the movement's message and plea for democracy.

As the protests continue, the world watches closely. The outcome of this legislative battle could have profound implications for Taiwan's democratic fabric, making the "Bluebird Movement" a critical juncture in the island's political history.

Taiwan Affairs

#Taiwan protests#Legislative Yuan#Kuomintang#Taiwan democracy#Bluebird Movement#Taiwan People’s Party#Taiwanese community#Taiwan legislative reform bills opposition#Taiwan democracy protests 2023#global support for Taiwan protests

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