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The 2004 President Chen and Vice President Lu Assassination Attempt, also known as the 3-19 Presidential Assassination Attempt was an assassination attempt on President Chen Shui-bian and Vice President Annette Lu while they were campaigning in Tainan on March 19, 2004, the day before Taiwan's presidential election.His opponent claimed the assisination attempt was staged to revive sympathy for the losing Chen. Read the news except below of Chen challenging his opponents in the Taipei Times dated March 29 2004:
Their injuries were not life-threatening, and both Chen and Lu were released from Chi-Mei Hospital on the same day without losing consciousness or undergoing surgery. Nevertheless, the attack provoked shock and unease in Taiwan, where political violence of this kind was commonplace against non-KMT members 40 years earlier.
Conspiracy theorists who support Chen believe the "assassination" was supposed to remove Chen and Lu from the election on the next day. Others believe this was to make Chen and Lu seems sympathetic for the voters due to the unusual circumstances and evidence of the shootings. Both Chen and Lu won by 29,500 votes.
In August 2005, the case was officially closed with all leads pointing to one single deceased suspect, Chen Yi-hsiung, but Chen's opponents as well as Annette Lu have insisted on continuing the investigation.
Sequence of events
President Chen and Vice President Lu were standing in the back seat of an open convertible Jeep moving slowly through a crowded street.
One bullet penetrated the windshield of the American Jeep, ripped through multiple layers of clothing, grazed Chen's stomach and was stopped in his clothes. Chen received a flesh wound 8 cm long and 2 cm deep (four inches long, an inch wide, and an inch deep).
The other bullet penetrated the windshield and hit the vice president's knee cast (she was wearing a knee cast due to an earlier injury) and was found in the Jeep.
At first both believed that they had been hit by firecrackers, which are common in Taiwanese political parades and rallies. Chen realized that it was something more serious when he noticed that he was bleeding from the abdomen and that there was a bullet hole in the window.
President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) sought to dispel suspicions the March 19 assassination attempt against him had been staged, saying Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) should put themselves in the same situation to see if he was lying.Interesting, isn't it? Can it be an idea for some?
"I am willing to pay money to hire the best shooter in the world to make a test. If KMT Chairman Lien and PFP Chairman Soong would stand still on a Jeep to receive shots from the shooter and if the two could get the same wounds as I and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) did last Friday, I would step down as president," Chen said.
"If they [Lien and Soong] can't do it or if they are afraid of doing it, they had better keep their mouths shut," he said.
Chen made the remarks Saturday night at a press conference in which he made a formal response to accusations of foul play in the March 19 shooting incident in Tainan.
"I cannot accept the false accusations of my conducting the shootings or the suspicions that the incidents were faked. Would they believe them only if Lu and I were killed?" he said.
"I have never staged this shooting incident and there is nothing to hide. The investigation will be fair and transparent," Chen said. "I do not want to bear this bad name any longer."