Taiwan Quiet Victories in Taipei

Protesters spill into the streets, but peacefully

More than 20,000 policemen and soldiers were on hand for the demonstration, fearful that it would take a violent turn. In recent months, after all, one faction of Taiwan's increasingly active opposition movement has urged more confrontations to demand an end to 39 years of martial law. Wearing green headbands and carrying balloons with such slogans as LIFT MARTIAL LAW, RETURN TO THE CONSTITUTION, 3,000 vocal opposition supporters filled the plaza in front of Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and listened to opposition leaders denounce the Kuomintang regime of President Chiang Ching-kuo, 77.

When the protesters marched down palm-lined Jen-Ai Road toward...