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Ex-toll collectors not charged in freeway protest

Ex-toll collectors not charged in freeway protest

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Prosecutors announced Wednesday that former toll collectors who chained themselves above a freeway in a protest last November would not be charged.
Ever since manual toll collection was replaced by an electronic system, the laid-off workers have been holding occasional protests such as attempted occupations of stretches of freeway and of the Ministry of Transportation.
Last November 28, dozens of former toll employees broke through a wire fence and entered the Sun Yat-sen Freeway. Six of the protesters climbed on top of an overhead structure and held a hunger strike after chaining themselves.
After clashes between the toll collectors and the police, the National Freeway Bureau and the Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co., which operates the new system, decided to take seven protesters to court.
However, the Shihlin District Prosecutors Office ruled that the six who climbed the structure never imperiled or blocked traffic on the freeway and would therefore not be charged with endangering public safety. Surveillance cameras failed to record footage of who damaged a safety net, leading to insufficient evidence to issue charges.
The man who cut through the wire fence received a deferred indictment because he agreed to pay NT$30,000 (US$979) to compensate for the damage, reports said.


Updated : 2021-09-20 23:31 GMT+08:00