TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Former gang leader and current head of the Chinese Unity Promotion Party (CUPP, 統促黨) Chang An-le (張安樂), who is nicknamed the “White Wolf," stumbled into a coffin during a protest in front of the Legislative Yuan this morning.
Yesterday, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said that if there was a war between Taiwan and China, he would even pick up a broom and fight, if that was all he had. Chang was insulted by the comment, and decided to bring a coffin in front of the Legislative Yuan to protest, but in the ensuing chaos, he accidentally fell inside the funerary box.
At 10:30 a.m this morning, 120 CUPP members gathered in front of the gate of the Legislative Yuan on Zhongshan South Road, according to Liberty Times. Their original plan appears to have been to put a coffin in front of the Legislative Yuan, but things quickly went awry, as can be seen in the video.
In a video posted by a Taiwanese netizen on Facebook at 11:54 a.m., Chang and his followers try to offload a massive casket from a blue delivery truck. However, because police are trying to push it back at the same time, the coffin tumbles to the ground.
Chang, who was standing on top of the truck, somehow looses his footing and takes a nasty spill off the truck and lands partially in the coffin, before his minions can be heard shouting "protect the President" and they hastily extract him from the ignominious grave. For superstitious Taiwanese, this was truly an inauspicious omen indeed.
Police then confiscated the coffin, to which Chang responded by shouting "my coffin" and demanded that they give it back. Chang then complained that the police had "robbed" him of his coffin, according to the report.
The police warned the crowd three times or face charges for disorderly conduct, before they finally dispersed. Police said one of the CUPP members was found to be carrying a folding knife and said he would be punished for violating the Social Order Maintenance Act (社會秩序維護法).
Chang's apparent gripe was that he interpreted Su's statement to mean that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leaders were willing to fight China in a war to the last soldier. However, he questioned if the children of the DPP leaders would be fighting in the war.
Chang is no stranger to investigations, as he once headed one of Taiwan’s top criminal gangs, the Bamboo Union, and spent years in exile in China. Chang's son, Chang Wei (張瑋) was sentenced to 40 days in prison on July 30 of last year for injuring and threatening pro-Taiwan Independence students at a Chinese-sponsored music event in Taipei last September.
In August of last year, investigators raided the home of Chang and the offices of his CUPP in a search for illegal funding from China.