The activists have reacted angrily to Executive Yuan’s justifications, with Hsu, who was at the 2010 meeting where Wu made the promise, calling them “a pack of lies.”
Jiang, who also participated in the 2010 meeting as the minister of the interior, said yesterday that the principles “were not written out in the conclusion” of the meeting, but “that was what Vice President Wu meant.”
“We have double-checked with him on this,” Jiang said.
The Executive Yuan hopes the county government can handle the controversy in line with the decision made at the City Planning Commission last year, Jiang said.
“This issue has been dragging on for far too long,” he said.
Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), who visited the protesters on Tuesday evening, yesterday described the government’s insistence that the homes be demolished as “burning the bridges after crossing the river,” saying that it had forced the farmers to take to the streets to protect their rights.
“Here is my warning to the Ma administration: What you are going to demolish is not just the homes these farmers have counted on to live, but also people’s trust in the government,” Su said.
Additional reporting by Chris Wang