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Labor Party, Taiwan

Laodongdang, 勞動黨

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The Chinese name of the party is Laodongdang. The party is often referred to in some media as the "Workers' Party" to distinguish it from the "old" Labor Party (Gongdang), which seems to have been reconstituted under as the Taiwan Labor Party (Taiwan Minzhu Gondang; see below)). The party prefers the English title the "Labor Party" as this is a more accurate translation of its Chinese name "Laodongdang".
Ivan Sache, 17 April 2004


The official meaning of the colours of the flag is the following:

The red sky symbolizes the resolution to fight against oppression and to try to obtain justice all over the world. The yellow star is the international symbol of the parties fighting for the workers' rights. The green land represents Ilha Formosa, the Beautiful Island of Taiwan.

Source: Party website

The Labor Party was established in March 1989 by Luo Mei-wen, one of Taiwan's most popular labour activists . Most of its 3,000 members are former political prisoners, who once belonged to Chinese Communist Party branches, workers and socialist intellectuals. The party's two main principals are socialism and reunification. It has taken part in national elections ever since, but never received enough popular support. It closely co-operates with the Labour Rights Association.

Source: University of Linz (Austria)

Taipei, 1997 March 23 (AFP) - The Dalai Lama arrived in Taipei Sunday on the second leg of his historic visit to the island of Taiwan to be met by hundreds of excited followers and some noisy demonstrators.


Three trucks adorned with large flags from the radical Taiwan Independence Alliance drew up, but then the passengers spotted members of the pro-reunification Labour Party emerge from a car, and tried to attack them with flag poles.

Source: AFP via the website

Ivan Sache, 17 April 2004