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The disobedience handbook

Taiwan Rural Front is showing the people how to be non-violent insurgents

By Ho Yi  /  Staff reporter

To both Tsai and Hsu, arrest is a legal consequence that protesters face when they defy laws for the sake of arousing public conscience over an unjust system. “I feel guilty, of course. They are good kids but suddenly, notices from the court are sent to their homes,” Tsai says.

The only thing TRF can do is to prepare well, provide legal support and ensure that everybody knows the potential consequences of certain actions.

“We don’t create an atmosphere that encourages people to be on the front line. You don’t have to jump over the walls. You can stay behind to pack up stuff and be equally helpful,” she says.

Thinking back on TRF’s recent operations, Tsai says that while the protests have been widely discussed in national media, there are people whose voices have never been heard.

“We know what we are doing and have the language to say it. Farmers and workers also know what they are doing, but they can’t describe it. They are silent in terms of policy-making and resistance. I think this is what we really need to pay attention to,” Tsai says.

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