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TRADE PACT SIEGE: Police to question 41 over break-in at Executive Yuan

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

Taipei police said they planned to question 41 people today as part of the investigation into protesters who stormed the Executive Yuan compound on March 23.

Huang Ming-chao (黃明昭), chief of the Taipei Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Section, told a press conference yesterday that police have identified 94 students and members of the public who might have broken the law during the incident.

Thirty-six of those had been probed over their actions on the day, and 17 had been questioned later by police, while the remaining 41 have been notified to report to police today, Huang said.

Police identified the people by reviewing video footage and photographs taken during the incident, he said, adding that the people are being investigated for offenses including trespass, interference with public functions, destruction of property, infringing on personal liberty and contempt of authority.

Meanwhile, Huang rebutted a Chinese-language Apply Daily report yesterday that six police officers have been identified as having used violence against protesters and that they would be charged with criminal offenses.

“The matter is still under investigation and no decisions have been made,” Huang said.

The Apply Daily report said that Hwang Ming-chorng (黃銘崇), a researcher with the Institute of History and Philology at Academia Sinica, is considering filing a lawsuit against officers whom he accused of dragging him into a huddle and beating him after he expressed concern over the safety of students during the eviction.

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