Taiwan: Accord Signed with Honduras
There was one small delay in the signing. The fountain pen prepared by the Presidential Office did not seem to interest Zelaya, who asked for another pen. The replacement, a ball-point pen, however, refused to function. Zelaya ended up taking his own pen from inside his jacket to sign the document.
Chen later held a 21-gun salute and military ceremony in front of the Presidential Office to bid Zelaya farewell. First lady Wu Shu-jen attended the event.
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Chen stopped briefly to wave back to the crowd before returning to the building. One of the visitors, who refused to be identified, called on the "red army" -- followers of former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Shih Ming-teh , who initiated the anti-Chen campaign -- to stop creating unrest.
Given the disturbances that occurred during Tuesday's official ceremony, security personnel around the Presidential Office were on high alert yesterday. A middle-aged red-clad woman tried to enter the restricted area but was asked to leave. She flashed the thumbs down gesture used by the anti-Chen supporters before departing.
Meanwhile, Vice President Annette Lu yesterday called on the public to value hard-earned democratic achievements. "The president and I have been through the authoritarian period and fully respect freedom of speech," she said. "Although some people caused trouble on national day to humiliate national leaders, we do what we can to let them express their opinions."