Within hours of Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian's shooting, the rumors started spreading across the country. According to these rumors, the
shooting was faked and was set up to cause sympathy for the shooting was designed to cause a surge of sympathy for the president. Already a close
race, this situation may have tipped the election in the president's favor some are saying.
They based their suspicions on the fact there was no photographic evidence of the attack taking place, and no by-standers had come forward to say
they had seen the perpetrators.
It seems that the entire shooting attack left no blood on the
outside of the president's clothes, but recently released information from the investigation has found two bullet casings near the scene. Photographs
of the president undergoing surgery has also been released in hopes of easing the "conspiracy" situation.
Election authorities have declared that 337,000 ballots are invalid for the vote. This type of situation has never happened in Taiwan's period of
democracy, so the path to a resolution is unclear. This is reminiscent of the conspiracy rumors for the United States election of George W. Bush. That
situation was also a close election, with a large number of ballots in contention. Conspiracists also believe that before the next US presidential
election, Osama Bin Laden will be "captured" helping raise popularity for President Bush.
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[Edited on 26-3-2004 by SkepticOverlord]