Taiwanese Protest Former President's Detention བོད་སྐད།

Thousands of Taiwanese rallied in the island's capital of Taipei Saturday to show support for former president Chen Sui-bian, detained earlier this month on corruption charges.

Organizers say at least six thousand people filled a city park in Taipei protesting the accusations as politically motivated.

Mr. Chen was hospitalized for four days earlier this month after going on a hunger strike to protest his detention on charges of graft, bribery, illegal possession of state assets, and other offenses.

Mr. Chen's lawyer Cheng Wen-long says the former president began the hunger strike hours after being detained.

The pro-independence Mr. Chen has denied any wrongdoing and accuses his successor, Ma Ying-jeou, of bringing the charges to appease China.

President Ma has denied the allegations.