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Curriculum Protests: Groups demand release of students

OFFICE OCCUPIED:The Ministry of Education said that 33 people were arrested, while video showed police dragging people from an office on the second floor

By Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

Following news of the students’ arrests, more than 100 people gathered outside the ministry complex early yesterday morning to demand their release. They were later dispersed by police.

Wang said that all but one of the students were handcuffed and refused access to their mobile phones, making it impossible for their parents to contact them.

Taiwan Association for Human Rights legal specialist Hsu Jen-shuo (許仁碩) said the handcuffing of students was “disproportionate” and a breach of the Police Power Exercise Act (警察職權行使法), which allows handcuffing only if someone attempts to escape or resists arrest.

Because the students were only sitting in protest before they were arrested, the police had no right to handcuff them and indirectly deprive them of their ability to contact a lawyer or their parents, Hsu said.

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