A crowd numbering about 1,000 people staged a rally in Greater Tainan yesterday, demanding the truth about the “319” assassination attempt and medical parole for former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) as they commemorated the 10th anniversary of the controversial shooting incident.
The shooting on March 19, 2004, also known as the 319 Incident, took place one day before the presidential election while then-president Chen and then-vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) were electioneering in a motorcade in Tainan. A bullet grazed Chen’s stomach and left a 13cm wound, while another bullet hit Lu in the knee.
The authorities later identified the shooter as Chen Yi-hsiung (陳義雄), who was found dead 10 days after the incident.
Photo: Tsai Wen-chu, Taipei Times
However, Lu and Chen Shui-bian have said that there are many aspects of the case that remained unanswered or questionable.
Lu on Tuesday renewed her call for answers and urged authorities to reopen the case.
Chen Chih-chung (陳致中), son of the former president, also took part in the rally yesterday, joined by a number of Democratic Progressive Party and independent Greater Tainan councilors.
Saying that the pan-blue camp at the time of the incident sought to malign his father by accusing him of staging the shooting to win votes, Chen Chih-chung called on the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government to offer an explanation to the public as to why it is still unable to uncover the truth behind the assassination attempt — six years after taking the reins of government.
He also called on the authorities to grant parole to his father — who is in Taichung Prison’s Pei Teh Hospital serving a 20-year term for corruption — for the sake of his poor health.
The former president has been diagnosed with various complications, including a degenerative brain disease, severe depression, sleep apnea, non-typical Parkinson’s disease, a speech disorder and mild cerebral atrophy.
ADEQUATE COVERAGE: New Taipei City, which has more than 9,500 people under home quarantine, said it would add another 450 rooms at its disease prevention hotels The Taipei City Government has added a fourth designated disease prevention hotel, allowing people under 14-day home quarantine to isolate themselves from NT$5,000 per day, it said yesterday. The Taipei Department of Information and Tourism launched the first disease prevention hotel on Feb. 21 to accommodate travelers without a place to stay during mandatory home isolation or quarantine, and for people who want to separate themselves from their family members or roommates during quarantine. The department said that as of yesterday, more than 120 travelers have stayed at one of the city’s three disease prevention hotels, and their 178 rooms are nearly
MISINFORMATION: The 100,000 masks given to ally Paraguay were bought in other Latin American nations, not made in Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Taiwan has not yet reached a point where it can export masks to diplomatic allies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, dismissing as misinformation online reports that it gave away masks to curry favor with a diplomatic ally. “Taiwan provides med-ical aid to diplomatic allies based upon specific circumstances,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said, adding that the supplements donated by Taiwan were all purchased locally in allied countries, in accordance with their needs. “The time is not yet ripe” for Taiwan to export medical supplies, such as surgical masks, to diplomatic allies, until
An improvised protective device for use when intubating patients designed by Taiwanese doctor Lai Hsien-yung (賴賢勇) is being adopted in the Philippines to help doctors there stay safe amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. “We made this acrylic aerosol box for my sister Dra. Frances Legaspi for Antipolo Doctors Hospital. Credits to Dr Lai Hsien-yung for the concept and design,” Anton Legaspi, whose family owns a business that makes customized designs, said on Facebook on Monday. The hospital is in Antipolo, about 25km east of Manila. Legaspi’s post was accompanied by several photographs of the box and a short demonstration video
All state-run columbariums must strictly regulate how many visitors they host during Tomb Sweeping Day on Saturday next week to curb the spread of COVID-19, New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) said yesterday. Hou asked people to use online worshipping services instead. Electronic “tomb sweeping” systems, which display a virtual altar for people to make offerings and say prayers, can reduce crowd sizes at columbariums, Hou said during a site visit to Shulin Life Memorial Hall (樹林生命紀念館), a columbarium in the city’s Shulin Disrict (樹林). Measures for admission control would be strictly implemented in state-run columbariums, Hou said, pointing to the Shulin