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Ko visits protesting students

Ko visits protesting students

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je visited the students protesting outside the Ministry of Education Friday, calling for rational debate about the contested curriculum changes.
The protests against the government-designed high-school education guideline changes intensified after a spokesman for the movement, high-school student Lin Kuan-hua, apparently committed suicide Thursday morning. He had been temporarily detained with 33 others after having intruded into the Ministry of Education on July 23-24.
Ko arrived on the scene at 2:20 p.m. Friday, shortly after Education Minister Wu Se-hwa had addressed the crowds. The Cabinet member had turned down the students’ demand to resign. They also wanted the ministry to withdraw the curriculum changes and to refrain from suing last week’s occupiers.
Ko’s arrival caused a commotion, followed by his call to stay calm, peaceful and rational. The mayor praised young people’s concern for social issues, but hoped that it would not evolve into confrontation, especially with the police.
Last week’s intrusion into the ministry led to allegations of excessive police brutality, especially as three reporters saying they had just followed the students inside to cover events were also accused of trespassing.
Ko expressed the hope that the ministry and the students could soon reach an agreement which would defuse the situation. Responding to a student’s question whether he would order the police not to arrest anybody, the mayor said the officers would not take any extreme measures, though he also called for restraint from the protesters.
The mayor’s delegation also brought food and drinks for the protesters, according to media reports.


Updated : 2021-09-27 15:15 GMT+08:00