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Two pro-China protesters freed on bail

Two pro-China protesters freed on bail

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – New clashes erupted outside Taipei 101 Saturday after two members of a group supporting unification with China were freed on bail following their arrest by police a day earlier.
The building, which contains a large shopping mall, is popular with visitors from China, making it a target for protesters for or against the communist country. In addition to followers of the Falun Gong religion protesting human rights violations in China, pro-unification activists also sometimes gather in front of the building.
About 40 supporters of China, 30 Falun Gong members and 20 proponents of Taiwan Independence appeared at Taipei 101 at around the same time Saturday afternoon. At least two people were questioned by police after a shouting match, reports said.
On Friday afternoon, police tried to dislodge a sound truck belonging to the Concentric Patriotism Association, a well-known pro-China group. It was parked in an area where vehicles were not allowed to stop, and the members failed to heed police warnings to move, officers said.
After the group was fined and the vehicle was towed away, a woman member of the group surnamed Kao stayed outside Taipei 101 to shout slogans and make noise, police said. When an officer wanted to check her identity documents, she insulted him and still refused to move, reports said.
Two other members helped her and also insulted police, while one woman even pretended to faint, officers said.
Two of the CPA members were questioned overnight and released on bail of NT$30,000 (US$949) Saturday morning, reports said. All suspects were being investigated for obstructing an officer in the discharge of his duties, reports said.
Members of the CPA have been accused on several previous occasions of disorderly conduct and even of using violence against critics outside Taipei 101. They have been seen waving People’s Republic of China flags, which is no longer an offense as it used to be, and of hurling insults at Falun Gong followers using the same space.
The new chief of the Xinyi District Police Precinct, Wu Ching-tien, who took office earlier in the week, was expected to take a tougher line against the CPA protesters after Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je complained about the pro-China group’s behavior and apparent impunity under his predecessors’ administration.
On Saturday afternoon, members of the CPA went to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office to file a case against Wu and the officers who acted against them, reports said. They accused the police of abuse of power, the use of excessive force and violation of human rights.


Updated : 2021-09-24 10:07 GMT+08:00