Organizers of a Taiwan movement pressing for the removal of what they say are incompetent judges pledged to hit the streets over the alleged rape of a Japanese student, local media reported Monday.
The July 31 rally comes after a judge last week released on a Taiwan $50,000 ($1,730) bail a taxi driver suspected of raping the student who was studying at a Taiwan college, sparking fury from justice campaigners.
Suspect Hsieh Tung-hsien then lost contact with authorities for two days, leading to fears he might have fled, before he was re-arrested and ordered back into custody on Sunday by the same judge.
"How long it is going to take for the government to seriously look at the issue?" the White Rose Movement's spokeswoman, identified only as Eva, told the United Evening News.
It said 150,000 people has endorsed a call asking the judge to step down over the case.
Waving white roses, thousands of people took to the Taipei streets in September last year in a show of anger at what they called "dinosaur judges" who needed to go after defendants were cleared or given only light sentences in three cases.
In one instance involving a three-year-old girl, the Supreme Court rejected prosecutors' appeal against an acquittal, saying they had failed to prove that the child was opposed to sexual activity.
Last year's rally marked one of the biggest in Taiwan since 1997, when 100,000 took to the streets of Taipei over the kidnapping, torture and murder of singer Pai Ping-ping's 17-year-old daughter.© Agence France-Presse