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Taiwanese police officer receives demerit for chaos at protest

Taiwanese police officer receives demerit for chaos at protest

The police announced yesterday it was disciplining a local precinct chief for mishandling protests against visiting Chinese top negotiator Chen Yunlin outside a Taipei hotel earlier this month.
Taipei Sungshan Precinct chief Huang Chia-lu receives one demerit for failing to prevent a protesters' siege of the Grand Formosa Regent Hotel on Nov. 5. Chen was the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by Kuomintang chairman Wu Poh-hsiung and attended by dozens of prominent politicians and businesspeople. He was unable to leave the hotel until 2 a.m. the next morning because of crowds of anti-Chinese protesters blocking surrounding streets.
Huang was punished for failing to deploy adequate numbers of officers and allowing the siege to continue for so long, police said yesterday.
National police chief Wang Cho-chiun said he had also disciplined Beitou Precinct chief Lee Han-ching for comments made about police action against a music store playing loud Taiwanese songs during another protest.
Police were also continuing an investigation to find which officer was responsible for beating a Formosa Television reporter, Wang said. The father of another young man allegedly beaten by police was taking legal action, he said.
The hotel siege was one of the most violent incidents in a week full of anti-China protests.


Updated : 2021-07-31 10:58 GMT+08:00