Taiwanese launch yellow vest movement to protest taxes


Protesters in Taiwan are taking a page from France‘s yellow vest movement.

Thousands of demonstrators turned out Thursday for the third time in a week to demand lower taxes and the fair handling of tax disputes.

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Wearing yellow vests, they shouted slogans outside the Ministry of Finance in Taipei and waved banners calling Taiwan’s tax collection policies illegal.

A ministry official said earlier this week that it had addressed some of the complaints of anti-tax activists on its website.

Protest organizers say they’re inspired by the success of the recent French protests, which were sparked by a tax hike for gasoline and diesel.

French President Emmanuel Macron eventually agreed to a number of steps including an increase in the minimum salary for full-time workers.