Taiwan’s President Is Target of Rage After Typhoon
CHISHAN, Taiwan — If President Ma Ying-jeou thought he might be treated presidentially on Wednesday as he toured a center for survivors of last weekend’s typhoon, he was mistaken.
The moment he stepped onto a soccer field that has been doubling as a landing pad for rescue helicopters, Mr. Ma was besieged by angry villagers who accused his administration of moving too slowly to help those still trapped in the mountains near here. As the insults rained down, the skies opened and Mr. Ma quickly became drenched to the skin, all of it captured live on television.
＂Save us, people are dying,” the villagers yelled while holding aloft handmade banners that read “The government doesn’t value human life.”
Chen Tai-sheng, who trudged out from his mud-soaked village two days ago, said the president should spend less time touring the country and more time orchestrating rescue efforts. “This is a war, not a political campaign,” Mr. Chen yelled for all to hear.