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Saturday, July 24, 2004

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WBZ-AM: World News: "Taiwan aborigines protest, demand apology over vice president's remarks
Saturday July 24, 2004
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) About 2,000 Taiwanese aborigines in traditional dress protested in Taipei on Saturday, demanding the vice president apologize for saying they were not descendants of the island's first settlers.
The aborigines bristle at any suggestion that they are not Taiwan's first people, fearing the government could take away special rights granted to them, including hunting privileges in ancestral lands and parliamentary seats reserved for them.
The island has several aboriginal tribes totaling about 400,000 people. Their ancestors are believed to have come here about 5,000 years ago, possibly from the Philippines or Malaysia."

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