A reporter was beaten by masked men early on Wednesday morning in an incident he claimed could be related to the legislative election on Saturday.
Greater -Kaohsiung-based reporter Chiang Wen-hsin (江文兟), 56, who works for the -Chinese--language Taiwan Times, was beaten by four men wielding baseball bats who pushed their way into his residence when he returned home early on Wednesday morning.
As a result of the attack, both Chiang’s legs were broken and he suffered multiple broken ribs and fingers.
Photo: Taipei Times
Although his injuries were not life-threatening, the damage to his hands means that Chiang will be unable to write any news articles until her recovers.
“I do not have disputes with anybody,” Chiang said.
He later added that the legislative elections in Greater Kao-hsiung had at times been quite tense.
At one point he received a call from a supporter of a certain political faction accusing him of writing articles that were biased.
According to the police, Chiang returned to his home in Ciweishan (旗尾山) after meeting with friends at a McDonalds in Greater Kaohsiung’s Cishan District (旗山) and was attacked outside his residence.
The attack lasted for about 10 minutes and he was only able to shout for help after regaining consciousness, Chiang said.
The police’s New Year Security Taskforce, an annual group formed during the Lunar New Year period to patrol local areas and step up security, stated work on Tuesday.
Police stopping motorists on Ciwei Bridge and conducting sobriety tests said that a white car refused to stop, but managed to escape, after being chased by police. The police have listed the passengers of the vehicle as prime suspects in the beating.
A special team has been established to investigate the case.
The police declined to comment on whether the attack on Chiang was motivated by an election--related dispute or something else, saying only that the investigation was ongoing.
In response, the Taiwan Times issued a statement saying that it strongly condemned violence and expected the police to arrest the perpetrators as soon as possible.
Translated by Jake Chung, Staff Writer
Indonesia has sent hundreds of riot police to a tiny island after protests broke out against a China-backed project that would displace thousands of residents. About 1,000 people protested in Batam City on Monday over a plan to develop Rempang island into a Chinese-funded economic zone, including the construction of a multibillion-dollar glass factory, that would displace about 7,500 people. Some protesters clashed with security forces outside a government agency, wielding machetes, Molotov cocktails and stones, police said, adding that dozens were arrested. Beijing has poured money into infrastructure and resource projects in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and its investments have previously caused
CALL FOR PEACE: Czech President Petr Pavel raised concerns about China’s military maneuvers in the Taiwan Strait and its ‘unfriendly action’ in the South China Sea The leaders of three diplomatic allies — Guatemala, Paraguay and Palau — on Tuesday voiced support for Taiwan’s inclusion in the UN on the first day of the UN General Debate in New York. In his address during the 78th UN General Assembly, Palauan President Surangel Whipps Jr urged the UN and all parties involved in cross-strait issues to exercise restraint and seek a peaceful resolution. “The well-being and prosperity of nations and their economies are intrinsically linked to global peace and stability,” he said. He also thanked partner nations such as Taiwan, Australia, Japan and the US for providing assistance
‘HARASSMENT’: A record 103 Chinese warplanes were detected in 24 hours, posing severe challenges to security in the Taiwan Strait and the region, the ministry said Taiwan yesterday told China to stop its “destructive unilateral actions” after more than 100 Chinese warplanes and nine navy ships were detected in areas around the nation. The Ministry of National Defense (MND) described the number of warplanes detected in 24 hours as a “recent high,” while Beijing has so far refrained from issuing any official comment on the sorties. “Between the morning of September 17th to 18th, the Ministry of National Defense had detected a total of 103 Chinese aircraft, which was a recent high and has posed severe challenges to the security across the Taiwan Strait and in the region,”
CROSS-STRAIT CONCERNS: At the same US Congress hearing, Mira Resnick said a US government shutdown could affect weapons sales and licenses to allies such as Taiwan A Chinese blockade of Taiwan would be a “monster risk” for Beijing and likely to fail, while a military invasion would be extremely difficult, senior Pentagon officials told the US Congress on Tuesday. Growing worries of a conflict come as China has ramped up military pressure on Taiwan, holding large-scale war games simulating a blockade on the nation, while conducting near-daily warplane incursions and sending Chinese vessels around its waters. US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Ely Ratner said a blockade would be “a monster risk for the PRC [People’s Republic of China].” “It would likely not succeed, and it