Meanwhile, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) condemned Pan for “his negative comments that ignored these workers’ hard work and suffering.”
“The government is obligated to strive for benefits and solve problems for workers, but it is government malfeasance that has caused the workers’ suffering,” DPP spokesperson Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) said.
Pan’s comment that the workers were using their bodies as tools for protest was “out of character,” Lin said.
The council should stop asking the laid-off workers to repay the loans so they could live with dignity and without fear, former DPP chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on her Facebook page.
She urged the public to pay attention to the workers’ protest because “if we ignored them now, the same thing could happen repeatedly and we could be the next victims.”
Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih