Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Frank Hsieh Chang-ting yesterday marched, hit hands and bowed to rally supporters, as the run-up to Saturday's poll entered the home stretch. 'Reverse the tide,' shouted the ruling party's candidate as he slapped hands with supporters, who at the same time turned their caps backwards - in the hope of changing the campaign's fortunes - before beginning their march from the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taipei. He was clad in a black T-shirt bearing the 'reverse the tide' phrase in Chinese to signify Mr Hsieh's hopes of derailing his Kuomintang opponent, Ma Ying-jeou. The DPP candidate, who trails Mr Ma in opinion polls, warned voters of the 'serious risks' of giving their ballots to the KMT. '[Mr Ma] has said abroad that the future of Taiwan should be decided by the people from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. If this is true, Taiwan will become another Tibet,' Mr Hsieh shouted. His comment was seen by pundits as part of his aim to scare voters away from Mr Ma whom, he says, could sell Taiwan out to the mainland if elected. Mr Hsieh, who has been struggling since the DPP's drubbing in January legislative elections, told the rally that the mainland's recent 'bloody suppression' of Tibetan rioters would be echoed in Taiwan if the KMT, which had already taken full control of the legislature, also won the presidential election. Beside Mr Hsieh at the memorial, a huge, black wooden horse was erected to reinforce his warning that Taiwan would fall prey to the mainland if the island opened its markets to the mainland, as Mr Ma proposed. Supporters put on a sketch to show toxic mainland products flooding Taiwan once the island's markets were opened, despite repeated clarifications by Mr Ma that his common-market idea would not result in Taiwanese people losing their jobs and products losing their competitive edge. Mr Hsieh later led tens of thousands of supporters, together with his running mate, Su Tseng-chang, in another huge rally in Taipei county. At the rally, Mr Hsieh reminded voters of the KMT's authoritarian attitude in the past. 'If we lose the election, there will be no more checks and balances. They could do what they wanted. They could barge into our homes and we would be unable to resist them,' said Mr Hsieh, referring to a recent incident in which four KMT legislators charged into his office, alleging that he had used his position to get his campaign office in Taipei.