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Tsai Ing-wen, DPP show full support for indicted Sunflowers

Tsai Ing-wen, DPP show full support for indicted Sunflowers

DPP chair Tsai Ing-wen voiced support on behalf of the party Tuesday for leaders in last March’s Sunflower Student Movement after 118 persons were indicted for their roles in three incidents during the protest activity. Tsai presented a collage of images on her Facebook page showing Lei Chen, one of the founders of the Free China Journal; the Formosa Magazine movement; the Wild Lily Student Movement and the Sunflower Student Movement. In bright yellow Chinese characters at the top she wrote, "If the pursuit of democracy is a crime, we are all guilty."

DPP spokesman Cheng Yun-peng lauded the Sunflower students for the fortitude they showed in their defense of the constitution. He said their attitude was worthy of recognition and "should not be viewed as a crime." He appealed to the court to judge the members of the movement in the historical context and asked them not to let democracy suffer a setback in the judicial action against those who participated in the occupation of the Legislative Yuan, a brief foray into the Executive Yuan and a protest outside a Taipei City Police station.

Cheng pointed out that the students who came forward on March 18 last year were working to safeguard Taiwan’s constitutional system of democracy by resisting the ‘black box’ methods used by the Ma Ying-jeou administration to negotiate the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement (CSTSA). The students stormed and occupied the Legislative Yuan complex and laid out their demands and held forth for 24 days before the government finally agreed to consider the CSTSA and establish an oversight mechanism to regulating future negotiations.

Cheng stressed that throughout the entire struggle, which lasted nearly a month, the students demonstrated the highest values in conscience and reason. He said they acted on behalf of all the people of Taiwan in servings as guardians of democracy on the island. Their contributions are worthy of recognition, he said, and the decision of prosecutors to indict them for their courage stands in stark contradiction to the spirit and values of constitutional democracy. He urgently appealed to the judge who accepted the case to view the actions of the students and other members of the movement against the background of history, and to uphold the highest standards of morality and conscience in hearing the case.

Updated : 2021-09-28 07:42 GMT+08:00