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Aborigines clash with police over demolition work

Around ten families are left with no home after the destruction of aboriginal ghetto

Aborigines clash with police over demolition work

The Taipei County government yesterday demolished an aboriginal ghetto built over the dry land area of Tahan Creek. The police deployed anti-riot officers to prevent aborigines and their supporters from intervening in the demolition work, and both sides clashed at the ghetto site.
The police still managed to eventually complete the demolition work.
The aboriginal ghetto, known as Sanying Village, was located behind Sanying Bridge linking Sanhsia township and Yingko township in Taipei County.
The ghetto was originally comprised of around 30 aborigines households, many of them inhabited by ethnic Amis aborigines who could not afford to rent or buy houses so they gathered available materials and built shacks and shelters on the dry land area of Tahan Creek. They had been living there for decades.
The building of houses or structures on the dry land area over Tahan Creek below the Sanying Bridge is forbidden by law, as they could easily be flooded by creek water during the rainy season.
The Taipei County government had built a civilian compound to rehouse the residents of Sanying Village. However, only around twenty of the thirty families were able to move into the new compound, leaving around ten families, who could not afford to rent or buy an apartment, without anywhere to live.
On February 14 the Taipei County government gave villagers a deadline for leaving the area in order for construction workers to demolish the buildings. On February 18, the villagers clashed with authorities when the county government attempted to have the construction workers demolish the houses. The country government later extended their deadline to the end of February, and subsequently completed the demolition yesterday.


Updated : 2021-04-16 06:59 GMT+08:00