Thousands of opposition supporters rally in Taiwan

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Posted: Dec 10, 2011 12:08 AM
Thousands of opposition supporters rally in Taiwan

Thousands of Taiwanese opposition supporters have rallied in the capital, donating from tiny piggy banks in the campaign to defeat President Ma Ying-jeou.

Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party has come from behind and is now running neck and neck against Ma ahead of the Jan. 14 election.

Tsai's party uses piggy banks as a campaign theme dubbed "Three Little Pigs." The idea was to band together thousands of donations from workers and farmers to overcome what her party calls the big bad wolf of Taiwanese corporate power and defeat Ma.

Supporters at the Saturday rally said they want Tsai to narrow the widening income gap between the rich and poor.

Many business leaders are backing Ma, saying he will plot a course for a stable economic growth.