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DPP’s Wong sues Ma, premier over injury during protest

BROKEN ARM Wong and other DPP legislators clashed with police as they tried to approach the place where Ma was meeting Chen Yunlin

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Wong Chin-chu (翁金珠) yesterday filed a lawsuit against President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and other government officials for the injury she suffered in a confrontation with police during a protest against Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Chairman Chen Yunlin’s (陳雲林) visit in November.

At the Taipei District Prosecutors Office yesterday morning, Wong accused Ma, Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄), National Police Administration Director-General Wang Cho-chiun (王卓鈞) and National Security Bureau Director-General Tsai Chao-ming (蔡朝明) of abusing their powers, which she said led to her injury.

Wong and other DPP legislators clashed with police on Nov. 6 as they tried to advance toward the Taipei Guest House, where Ma was meeting Chen.

Following the incident, Wong was sent to National Taiwan University Hospital for medical treatment, where she learned that her left arm had been broken, which required surgery.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets close to the Presidential Office on Nov. 6 to protest the meeting between Ma and Chen, which resulted in clashes between protesters and police on duty outside.

At a press conference held with Wong, DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) told reporters that after “reviewing the Chen Yunlin incident, we believe the commander in charge of the security actions was likely President Ma himself. Chen Yunlin was the president’s guest, so in order to take care of his guest, the president ordered the police to use violence against protesters.”

Ma owes the public an apology, Tsai said, and should face a criminal investigation.

She said the lawsuit against Ma and other officials was filed in the hope that it would lead to a thorough examination of the incident.

“The investigation should clarify who gave orders to the police and who was in charge of the matter,” Tsai said.

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