Presidential Office: There will be no place for protests against unfair-pension reform at Taipei Universiade

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—The Office of the President, ROC (Taiwan) said on Sunday that there will be no place for people who intend to express their political views by causing disturbances at Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade.

According to media reports, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will be attending the Taipei Universiade opening ceremony on August 19. However, rumors have spread that several groups opposing the government's policy to reform the country's unfair pension system are planning to stage protests outside the venue of the opening ceremony, while some who have bought tickets for the opening will unfold banners to protest against the reform during the ceremony.

In response, Presidential Office Spokesperson Lin He-ming (林鶴明) said Taipei Universiade is a massive international sporting event hosted by Taiwan and participated by athletes from more than 100 countries.

“We believe the organizing unit and the national security team have got everything prepared to ensure that all activities will proceed smoothly.”

Lin urged all Taiwanese people to unite together and present the best of Taiwan to international friends during Taipei Universiade, which is of great importance to the international image of Taiwan. As for those who intend to express individual views by causing disturbances at the international sporting event, “We believe the society will make its own judgment,” Lin said.