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Taipei military complex opened

PROTESTERS OUTSIDE:Ministry official Huang Te-hsiao said the Taipei complex’s security features are ‘more powerful and more advanced’ than the Pentagon’s

By Jason Pan and Lii Wen  /  Staff reporters

While military investigators said that Tsai committed suicide, Yu said their report contradicts case evidence.

She staged a hunger strike in May, urging a ballistics test.

“Taiwan is not at war right now; nobody’s son should die in the military,” Yu said. “I do not understand how the ministry has the nerve to spend so much taxpayer money on this new ‘palace.’”

“Each death is like a brick. When you stack them up together, they will be much stronger than the walls of this compound,” Lin Ming-i’s (林明逸) father said, adding that his son died from military hospital malpractice in 2002.

Parents of dead soldiers are demanding answers, Lin’s father said.

“It is very difficult for the parents, but we will no longer sulk in the shadows. More are joining our search for the truth,” he added.

Family members of army sergeant Lien Chih-wei (連志偉) and substitute civilian serviceman Chen Chun-ming (陳俊銘), who passed away in 2005 and 2012 respectively, also attended the protest.

Ministry statistics last year showed that 2,088 men and women died in service between 2000 and 2012, although parents say the number is much higher.

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