Amid the images on television of police evacuating protesters from the Executive Yuan compound, one officer from the National Police Agency’s Special Sixth Headquarters stood out — by his use of non-violent means.
Officer Lin Chih-hsiao (林致孝) was a lone figure who stopped more protesters from entering the compound through a window by blocking it and blowing his whistle.
Lin held out against hundreds of protesters until 3am on Monday morning and while the protesters had initially been annoyed at his incessant whistling, they later acknowledged that Lin had posed an effective barrier.
Some students praised Lin by telling him: “You have good lung capacity” for continuing to blow his whistle for as long as he had.
Lin later said that his “noise attack” was an impromptu move.
Lin’s wife, Chang An-chen (張安箴), a prosecutor at the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office, said she stayed up the whole night in front of the television because Lin had promised to return home on Sunday and she could not reach him by telephone.
“It wasn’t until a friend sent us a clip showing my husband blocking the students from entering the Executive Yuan that I knew why my husband had not come back,” Chang said. “I feel proud seeing how he maintained his calm and reason against the crowd.”
Chang said her husband had not returned home in more than nine days and that their oldest son, who is two, had wondered “why Daddy was on the TV” when news channels kept replaying the scene.
“We were happy to see him come back on Wednesday, even if it was only for a brief 18 minutes,” Chang said, adding that her only wish was that her husband remained safe.
When asked to comment on the ongoing student movement, Lin said on Thursday: “There are voices of support for both police and the student protesters and both sides should respect each other’s efforts.”