Thu, Sep 14, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taipei City to deploy 3,000 police officers to maintain order

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei police said yesterday that 3,000 officers would be deployed to maintain order during a proposed "siege" of the Presidential Office and the president's official Yushan Residence tomorrow night.

The symbolic "siege" forms part of former DPP chairman Shih Ming-teh's (施明德) efforts to urge President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to step down.

The route for the siege was approved by the police department.

Lee Chin-fu (李清福), a spokesman for the Taipei police, told a press conference that police would do their utmost to maintain order and prevent violence during the protest.

Barricades

He said barricades would be deployed around the Presidential Office and the Yushan Residence to maintain security.

The National Police Agency (NPA), meanwhile, said special police would also be deployed to maintain order during the protest.

Members of the special police are officers whose primary job is to maintain order during mass demonstrations.

The NPA proposed despatching 120 officers from from Ilan County to Taipei City to deal with the prolonged demonstration, but the plan encountered resistance from an Ilan county commissioner.

"I don't want the county's police officers to be sent to deal with the demonstration in Taipei," said Ilan County Commissioner Lu Kuo-hua (呂國華) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday, adding, "the removal of our police officers would impact on the county's security."

Others were less dismissive.

No problem

"I will comply with the NPA's orders and I think that, even without the 120 police officers, the county police department will still be able to do its job," said Ilan County Police Department Chief Hsieh Fen-fen (謝芬芬), who formerly served as security chief for the presidential residence and became a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member in 2003.

Lu told reporters that Hsieh should take responsibility if incidents occur in Ilan while the county's police officers are out of town.

Lu said he had sent his deputy, Lin Hsin-hua (林信華), to negotiate with Hsieh on the matter.

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