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Group blames minister for death

DESPERATION:Filmmaker Yang Ya-che cited three suicides since 2010, saying they indicate the repression of society and the government is taking a toll on the nation

By Hsu Sheng-lun  /  Staff reporters

TV show host Cheng Hung-yi (鄭弘儀), whose program Lin appeared on to explain the alliance and its ideals, praised Dai Lin’s eloquence, courage, and clear and logical mind.

Cheng said he broke down upon learning the news of Dai Lin’s death.

“It might have been controversial and mistaken for the students to storm the ministry building, but is arresting, taking legal action and handcuffing them what you call education? Why is the ministry insisting on suing them and at the same time asking schools not to take disciplinary actions against them?” Cheng asked on Facebook.

Cheng said the public must remember the values embodied by Dai Lin.

Filmmaker Yang Ya-che wrote on Facebook: “In 2010 a [73-year-old woman] in Dapu [Borough, 大埔, Miaoli] took her own life [during controversy over land expropriations]; in 2013 another Dapu resident, Chang Sen-wen (張森文), committed suicide; in 2015, anti-curriculum-changes advocate [Dai] Lin killed himself. They all had to do, directly or indirectly, with repression by the government or society. Those who are in power can destroy people’s homes with official might, while officials who violate the law can thoughtlessly take legal action against journalists and students. This is what Taiwan has become in recent years."

Additional reporting by Wang Chieh and Ting Wei-chieh

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