NTU: angry students confront former Taiwan Premier for 2014 violent crackdown on protester

Activists demanded that Jiang Yi-huah address the incident that occurred at the Executive Yuan four years ago

A scene outside the Executive Yuan March 23, 2014

A scene outside the Executive Yuan March 23, 2014 (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Dec. 18, the former Premier of Taiwan, Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺), was to give an address at National Taiwan University’s (NTU) College of Social Sciences, when he was confronted by activists for his role in a crackdown on Sunflower movement protests in 2014.

Some protesters who participated in the Sunflower Movement arrived at Jiang’s address to demand that Jiang answer for his actions and give an account of the violent expulsion of peaceful protestors from the Executive Yuan March 23-24, 2014.

When Jiang was called to speak on Tuesday evening, angry voices in the audiences erupted, and many students crowded around the speaking platform, before the room erupted into chaos. Extra campus security was immediately dispatched to the lecture hall to calm the situation, reports UDN.

Activist Jay Yu (游騰傑) said that he wanted Jiang to provide an explanation to the public and to take legal responsibility for his actions, as he said Jiang completely ignored his responsibilities, and has never addressed the events of 2014.

In 2014, Jiang was the official who ordered an end to the occupation of the protest of the Executive Yuan held by the student protestors who stormed the building on March 23, and were removed over the course of a violent 10 hour eviction process culminating in the early morning hours of March 24.

During their expulsion from the building, there were reports of beatings and the use of undue force by police officers, while journalists and medical personnel were forbidden from observing the activity of law enforcement in the public hall of government.

The protesters Tuesday night at NTU were demanding Jiang give his account of the evening, which he has never provided for the public. Viewing the scenes of the unruly crowd at NTU on Tuesday night, many have said the students were egregious in the behavior, while others have praised their actions

New Power Party Legislator, Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌), expressed support for the students, declaring their actions “courageous.” Huang said that it has been four years since the incident, and there is still no official account for the public record.

Huang said that Jiang and the Ma administration should to reflect upon their historical mistakes and take responsibility for them, reports UDN.

The Sunflower Movement was sparked in the spring 2014 when a group of KMT legislators attempted to covertly pass legislation for a dubious trade pact with China, which would have made Taiwan vulnerable to political and economic pressure from Beijing.

Video of the confrontation between the student activists and Jiang is available to view at the Civil Media Facebook page.

Former Premier Jiang Yi-huah (CNA Photo)