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Ma Ying-jeou hit by ‘Formosa Betrayed’

BOOK REPORT:The NSB said it would punish those responsible for lapses in security that allowed a student protester to hurl the book at the president

By Lii Wen  /  Staff reporter, with CNA

Lai Chung-chiang (賴中強), lawyer and member of the Democratic Front Against the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, and Democratic Progressive Party spokesperson Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎), who is also a lawyer, happened to be at the NTS event and immediately offered legal advice to Yen.

“The police were threatening Yen by saying that he had already been arrested, which simply could not be true,” Lai said.

Regarding the legality of hurling a book at the president, Lai said: “If the book actually hurt someone, it would be an offense of causing injury (傷害罪). However, such a case would require the victim to press charges before police action can be taken.”

Lai said the group was about to leave with Yen, but several police refused to let them go.

Jostling between the two parties ensued.

Lai’s secretary, Chen Guan-yu (陳冠宇), said he was trying to help Lai and Yen leave when he was pinned to the ground by a police officer who accused him of “assaulting police.”

“I really did not hit anybody. I was just trying to stand between the police and lawyer Lai,” Chen said, adding that he received minor injuries on his neck.

Taiwan Association of University Professors president Lu Chung-chin (呂忠津) also joined negotiations at the scene.

“In the end, everybody just realized the need to calm down,” Lu said. “They probably also thought the incident was not worth all the fuss. They just asked Yen to leave some identification information and let him go.”

After the incident, Presidential Office spokeswoman Ma Wei-kuo (馬瑋國) said the president respects the rights of the public to express their views rationally, but any form of violence should be condemned.

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