Police should drop “harassment suits” against activists for Hydis-related protests, labor activists said yesterday during a protest outside the Taipei District Court.
“Even if marching causes temporary inconvenience to social order, we were right to stand up to the evil corporation, the Yuen Foong Yu [YFY] Group, that has influenced hundreds of workers,” Taiwan Higher Education Union organization department director Lin Po-yi (林柏儀) said, promising that activists would “fight to the end.”
“Our social movement should be tolerated in a society which is reasonably free,” he said.
Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times
Lin was one of eight people who were charged with causing “humiliation” and property damage, obstructing public business and demonstrating without a permit.
They were supporting South Korean workers in a protest against the closure of YFY’s (Hydis) plasma display manufacturing factory in South Korea.
“Our nation has never cared about resolving problems — it only cares about ‘resolving’ those who bring them up,” said Chen Hsiu-lian (陳秀蓮) a member of the National Alliance for Workers of Closed Factories, who was against the government for deporting South Korean protestors from the nation and blacklisting them to prevent them from returning.
“This sort of nitpicking makes it appear that the nation is trying to use all sorts of ‘crimes’ to suppress demonstrations — none of the charges are equivalent to the small amount of disorder or inconvenience created by the value of freedom of speech,” Taiwan Association for Human Rights legal specialist Hsu Jen-shuo (許仁碩) said.
He said police had started using “harassment suits” against demonstrators because the failure rate of lawsuits under the Assembly and Parade Act (集會遊行法) had increased over the past 10 years.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
THE CHINA CONNECTION: As Beijing’s aggression increases, so does Taiwanese consciousness, making a new constitution imperative, Hsu Wei-chun said If the nation is to ratify a new constitution, it must first end any illusions about the current document’s relevance to Taiwan, an academic told a forum in Taipei yesterday. For the constitutional revisionist movement to succeed, it needs public enthusiasm, the right timing and a clear plan of action, Chung Yuan Christian University associate professor Hsu Wei-chun (徐偉群) told attendees at the event titled “Imagining a New Constitution for a New Era,” which was organized by the National Taiwan University Graduate Student Association. The Constitution exists under the “one China” framework and has little relevance to Taiwan, Hsu said, adding that
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up
Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday urged Beijing to respect the median line of the Taiwan Strait by immediately stopping its military intimidation of Taiwan, as such actions would only hurt the feelings of Taiwanese. Beijing should immediately stop making military provocations against Taiwan, Ma wrote on Facebook after Chinese warplanes in the past week have made numerous forays across the median line that divides the Taiwan Strait. Although it has never officially acknowledged the median line, Beijing used to respect it, Ma said in response to comments on Monday by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Wang Wenbin (汪文斌), who said