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Rally rejects 'unethical visit'

MORE than 10 Taiwanese political organizations yesterday denounced the Democratic Progressive Party's invitation to the Dalai Lama to visit the island as "unethical" and "politically motivated."
They also expressed doubts if the visit would benefit ongoing disaster relief in the wake of Typhoon Morakot and voiced their worries it would damage relations between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland.
About 100 members from the Alliance for the Reunification of China, the Labor Rights Association, the Labor Party and other organizations staged a protest outside the headquarters of the DPP in Taipei.
Among the placards held by protestors, one read: "Strong opposition to the Dalai Lama's visit to Taiwan." Some protestors shouted "Taiwan Independence" plus "Tibet Independence, damaging to cross-Strait peace."
Seven Taiwan mayors and county chiefs from the DPP on Wednesday invited the Dalai Lama to visit the island to join religious activities for victims of typhoon Morakot.
However, a joint declaration issued by the protestors said the DPP's invitation had nothing to do with "humanitarian care" for disaster-stricken Taiwanese.
The DPP had only attempted to take advantage of disaster relief activities and the suffering of residents for its own political interest, said the declaration.
The Dalai Lama has all along been engaged in separatist activities, and has been a questionable figure in regard to humantarian issues, the declaration said.
"His visit would undoubtedly cause serious harm to the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations."


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