KMT lawmakers cause chaos after storming Hsieh's office

Policemen prevent DPP supporters from breaking into a police car holding 3 KMT legislators who posed as public investigators and stormed the DPP Taipe

Policemen prevent DPP supporters from breaking into a police car holding 3 KMT legislators who posed as public investigators and stormed the DPP Taipe

A two-and-a half hour confrontation between Taipei City police and supporters of Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) took place after four Kuomintang legislators entered Hsieh's campaign headquarters without permission yesterday.
The confrontation ended shortly after a Taipei District Court prosecutor arrived to accept a complaint by Hsieh campaign executive director Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) against the four KMT lawmakers for illegal entry. A police car carrying three KMT lawmakers was then allowed by Hsieh's supporters, who had blocked its exit, to leave the scene at Changan East Road and Linsen North Road.
Lee stated yesterday that "never in Taiwan's election history has there ever been such an incident in which staff from one party charged into the campaign headquarters of a rival party in disregard of protests from security personnel, the law, private property and even the safety of a presidential candidate."
Lee called on prosecutors to "act according to law" and said that the incident "transcends merely illegal entry and constitutes interference in election."
"Ma should apologize for the actions of his staff and take responsibility for such a shameful incident which has never occurred in Taiwan's history," said Lee.
According to Hsieh's staff and National Security Bureau= agents, KMT Legislators Fei Hung-tai, Chen Chieh (陳杰), Lo Ming-tsai (羅明才) and Lo Shu-lei, Finance Minister Ho Chih-chin and First Financial Holding Company President Wang Hsien-chuan entered Hsieh's headquarters on the southeast corner of Changan East Road and Linsen North Road at approximately 5 p.m. and, despite protests from the building's guards, took an elevator to the 13th Floor, where Hsieh is currently residing.
After being blocked from entering Hsieh's office, two of the KMT legislators kicked and pushed on the glass door to the candidate's office and demanded entry on the grounds that they were conducting a "fire safety inspection."
Hsieh campaign spokeswoman Hsieh Hsin-ni and other staff prevented the four KMT lawmakers and the other persons from leaving the elevator until police came.
Lo fled the scene, but Fei, Chen and Lo Shu-lei were bundled into a police car which was then surrounded by Hsieh volunteers and blocked from leaving on the grounds that the KMT lawmakers were "criminals caught in the act."
Lee stated that the Hsieh headquarters had filed a suit against the four KMT lawmakers, charging them with breaking and entering a private residence.
After being allowed to depart the scene, the three KMT lawmakers were taken to the Chungshan police bureau for questioning.
Speaking in Chiayi yesterday, Ma expressed "regret" over the incident and censored the Hsieh camp for "violence."