Thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei in a series of protests on Sunday, hurling shoes at the portrait of the beleaguered President Ma Ying-jeou and demanding he step down.
The demonstrators, from several groups, asked Mr Ma, also the chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), to shoulder responsibility for the economic sluggishness and controversial government policies that have pushed his approval rate down to low levels.
Kicking off the series of demonstrations, hundreds of angry protestors gathered at a rally barricaded by police outside the presidential residence in downtown Taipei in the morning.
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