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Hakka event shoe-hurling mother is facing lawsuit

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

A woman who threw a shoe at President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) last month will be questioned by police for possible violation of the Social Order Maintenance Act (社會秩序維護法).

At the 2013 Taipei Hakka Yimin Festival hosted by the Taipei City Government on Oct. 20 the president encountered protesters as he left his car and during his speech.

As Ma was leaving, a woman holding a baby in her arms hurled a shoe at the president, which a security guard intercepted before it hit him.

Human rights lawyer Chiu Hsien-chih (邱顯智) revealed on his Facebook page that the woman has been called in by the police for questioning over possible violation of the Social Order Maintenance Act.

Chiu said that lawyer Tseng Wei-kai [曾威凱] will accompany the woman to a police station tomorrow.

Tseng said the Judicial Reform Foundation had referred the case to him and he had immediately agreed to act on behalf of the woman.

He declined to reveal more details about the case citing his client’s privacy.

Tseng — who is also a board member of Amnesty International Taiwan — has been active in the human rights movement and has represented various social activists in court.

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