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Dapu protesters, police clash, as Wu calls a halt

MISCOMMUNICATION?Miaoli’s county commissioner said the deadline set for today was not for demolition of the houses, but for the four households to relocate

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

Meanwhile, the Presidential Office said Wu had called Miaoli County Commissioner Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻) yesterday morning and instructed him to suspend the demolition of the four houses scheduled for today, amid intense protests from local residents and their advocates.

Liu said the county government was not planning to demolish the houses today and that the deadline was for the four households to relocate.

He said the county government would handle the case in accordance with the law, and promised to continue to communicate with residents.

The Presidential Office said President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is concerned about the case and expects government agencies to resolve the dispute.

Jiang, who on Wednesday seemed to favor the Miaoli Country Government’s demolition plan, did not comment on the issue at the Cabinet meeting yesterday.

Executive Yuan spokesperson Cheng Li-wun (鄭麗文) said Jiang took the issue very seriously and called on officials at the Ministry of the Interior and the Construction and Planning Agency to brief him about the matter after the Cabinet meeting.

Responding to a reporter’s question, Cheng said it was “too early to tell” whether Wu had broken his promise as the activists alleged.

Wu’s mediation of the case three years ago brought a satisfactory solution to the dispute between the Miaoli County Government and 20 households, Cheng said.

However, regulatory authorities later found it difficult to proceed because the four remaining houses stand in the way of traffic, Cheng said.

Later yesterday afternoon, Jiang said there was still “room for negotiation” to resolve the dispute over how to carry out the road projects involving the four houses, after Wu talked to him and Liu by telephone.

Wu has scheduled a meeting with Liu and him today on the issue, Jiang said, adding that he was hopeful for “better results” after the meeting.

Additional reporting by Shih Hsiu-chuan and Mo Yan-chih

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