[Photo Story] Inauguration of Taiwan President

[Photo Story] Inauguration of Taiwan President

In scorching heat in central Taipei this morning, thousands of people took part in history as Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s first female president, was sworn into office.

Most people watched the proceedings quietly, either sitting in front of the stage or standing watching the big screens, politely clapping at several junctures during Tsai’s speech.

On the major roads nearby the Presidential Office, groups supporting a range of different causes gathered.

Pro-independence and pro-unification supporters were divided by a major intersection and several lines of authorities.

New Power Party’s Freddy Lim has a lighter moment between interviews.
Many groups rallied for different causes near the Presidential Office.
One of several pro-independence groups gathering at the inauguration.
LGBT supporters were among the many different minority groups at the inauguration.
Labor rights advocate gets supporters going.
Pro-independence and pro-unification supporters were divided by a major intersection and lines of authorities.
China-friendly supporters were kept away from the crowds
A minority among the smaller groups present at the inauguration. The pro-China supporters were in good spirits.
The White Wolf, Chang An-lo, shook hands and talked with the dozens of pro-China supporters.

Pro-China supporter.

Labor rights supporter joins in the chant.
Unable to get a seat near the stage, thousands watched Tsai's inaugural speech on large screens.
Crowd applauses during Tsai’s inaugural speech.
Crowds watch on during Tsai’s speech.
The peaceful crowd leaves the grounds of the Presidential Building after Tsai’s speech.
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Happy crowd members exit.
The Airforce flyover after Tsai’s speech.

All photos were taken by Edward White.