Mon, Nov 17, 2008 - Page 8 News List

[LETTER]

Speak out now

Your editorial (“Speak now or forever be silent,” Nov. 14, page 8) was good advice for the public to speak out or risk being silenced forever by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and/or the Chinese Communist Party. Taiwanese suffered from “White terrorism” before and are now suffering from “Blue terrorism” because of the KMT administration. They are afraid that someday “Red terrorism” might fall on them.

Unfortunately, the courts appear to only be punishing pan-green officials. Blue officials are virtually untouched. President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was acquitted of charges he pocketed money from the mayoral special fund and claimed that thousands of officials were in the same situation. Justice is way off balance, and the people should correct it.

“Blue terrorism” was further illustrated by recent incidents of police brutality against demonstrators protesting the visit of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Chairman Chen Yunlin (陳雲林). In spite of non-violent protests by students and others , the government refuses to acknowledge that police violence could have been avoided.

Taiwan’s young democracy is in crisis. Taiwan has reverted to a police state.

To protest bad policies or practices of the government, the people should not use hunger strikes or immolate themselves. The best way is to speak out loud and clear. Ma was elected by the people and has an obligation to listen.

CHARLES HONG

Columbus, Ohio

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