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Hualong Textile ex-workers protest at Presidential Office

Hualong Textile ex-workers protest at Presidential Office

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former workers at Hualong Textile Co. held an impromptu protest in front of the Presidential Office Thursday evening before being dispersed by police.
The ex-employees of the troubled Miaoli County-based company have been clamoring for years to receive pensions and severance payments dating back to as far as 2003.
Police carried away an estimated 150 protesters wearing yellow plastic raincoats and carrying black umbrellas from Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office Building, where they had converged for an illegal protest, reports said.
The group had reportedly chartered four buses in Miaoli County to travel to Taipei, where they arrived in the middle of the afternoon. They demanded government action in favor of their retirement payments and changes to the Labor Standards Act.
The Hualong workers group has been noted for previous surprise protests, including the occupation of a railway station platform early last month.
As soon as news of Thursday’s protest leaked out, police and military police sent 500 officers to the site, reports said. They took 40 minutes to remove the mostly elderly protesters from the scene and put them on police buses. One elderly woman was transferred to nearby National Taiwan University Hospital with apparent breathing problems, but she turned out alright, reports said.
The protesters accused the government of President Ma Ying-jeou of burning up government money while failing to give workers the money they were owed for their hard work.


Updated : 2021-06-23 04:29 GMT+08:00