Students and professionals are rallying to the cause of party that sees itself as 'the force of change' Shen Ching-han, 36, didn't talk much, but the sign he was holding said it all. 'We're from the Tainan Committee against Ah-bian. Ah-bian, step down!' it read. Mr Shen, a stockbroker from the president's home town, gets so agitated when talking about the president that he shakes. 'I'm here to protect Taiwan's democracy. All I want is for him to step down,' he said on Taipei's Kaitakelan Avenue, where he and 20,000 others were camped. A young professional, Mr Shen is not the stereotypical Kuomintang supporter, but he and many like him voted for the 'pan-blue' alliance of the KMT and the People First Party this time around. Four years ago, the only people who showed up at KMT rallies were old men, retired KMT soldiers or old ladies who got NT$500 (HK$117) handouts to attend. 'Our supporters now are different than in the past,' said KMT spokesman Justin Chou Shou-hsin, 39, a former TV reporter. 'They want fairness. So they stand with us. 'The tables have now turned. Today, the DPP is seen as black gold, while the KMT is seen as the force of change.' Gigi Chen, 23, who is studying Japanese at Taiwan's Cultural University, said she and her friends had come to demonstrate several times since Sunday. 'We believe the election wasn't fair,' Ms Chen said. 'We don't object to Ah-bian [President Chen Shui-bian] per se, but we're highly suspicious of whether he cheated. 'If Ah-bian won in a clean manner, we'd be happy with him as our president, but he wasn't willing until recently to have a recount. How can we have confidence in him?' College student Peggy Chen, 20, said: 'Many of us are disappointed in Ah-bian. Even my friends who voted for him last time saw how the economy did badly in the past four years. They saw how Ah-bian wasn't as good as he said he was and they also saw how the KMT wasn't that bad and had good policies.' Philip Yang, a professor of political science at National Taiwan University, said the KMT seemed to be enjoying a revival of sorts. 'Most [of the protesters] are in their mid-30s and 40s. A large proportion are young, a large proportion female. The passion is coming out. They don't like Chen Shui-bian or his strategy.'