Sun, Mar 28, 2004 - Page 3 News List

PFP lawmakers in legal trouble after violent rampage

By Debby Wu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Executive Yuan yesterday said than a criminal investigation had been launched into a group of pan-blue lawmakers who led supporters on a violent rampage outside the Central Election Commission (CEC) on Friday night.

People First Party (PFP) legislators, including Lee Ching-hua (李慶華), Chiu Yi (邱毅) and Shen Chih-hwei (沈智慧), led about 200 pan-blue protesters into the Central Election Commission (CEC) yesterday to prevent the CEC from officially announcing the election result.

The protesters shouted, "Truth unclear, suspend declaration; down with the commission," and smashed windows at the entrance before forcing their way inside. They also threw rocks and eggs and scuffled with police.

PFP Legislator Fu Kun-chi (傅崑萁) threw chairs inside the CEC in a display of anger.

"The lawmakers who led the crowd to break into the CEC yesterday to attempt to stop the official announcement of the winners of the election have broken the Assembly and Parade Law (集會遊行法) and the Criminal Code. The judiciary has finished gathering evidence and has started to investigate the case," Cabinet Spokesman Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said.

Lin said that Premier Yu Shyi-kun had instructed the judiciary to investigate the incident yesterday.

Lin said that the damage to CEC property and threat to civil servants who were carrying out their duties yesterday was a violation of the Criminal Code, and that lawbreakers could be sentenced up to three years.

"Some pan-blue legislators broke the law intentionally and gathered a crowd to cause a riot. This is a wrong example for democracy and everything will be investigated according to the law," Lin said.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet also set up a special task force, headed by the premier, to deal with the pan-blue's mass demonstration yesterday.

Yu said that the administration should monitor the demonstration closely, and that there was no space for China's intervention in Taiwan's domestic affairs.

He also instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to keep in close contact with the US and Japan, and to hold international press conferences whenever necessary.

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