Insight: ‘Yellow vest’ protest movement spreads to Taiwan

‘Yellow vest’ protest movement spreads to Taiwan

Inspired by the French movement, Taiwan’s own “yellow vest” protests are expected to continue on Saturday, with anti-tax demonstrators preparing to take to the streets again.

The league was founded in 2016 and has been pressuring the government ever since – but organizers said Wednesday’s march marked the first time they had worn yellow vests. “We were touched by the French movement, and decided to go to the streets in yellow vests,” said the spokeswoman, who gave her surname as Wang. “We hope that (Taiwanese President) Tsai Ing-wen will listen to people’s grievances and give concessions just like Emmanuel Macron did.”

Wang said “unfair” taxation had deterred foreign businesses from investing on the island. The league’s next protest will happen outside the Ministry of Finance headquarters in Taipei on Saturday.

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