Police, the law and human rights

Police take away the “Democracy classroom” on Christmas Eve in Taipei City

A letter I wrote about police and human rights was published in the Taipei Times today.

In the letter I mention that I have witnessed incidents before and after Chen Yunlin’s visit. The incident before was at the Car Free Day activity in Taipei County on 20 September. The main incident after was on Christmas Eve in Taipei City. Students from the Wild Strawberry Movement were involved in an incident with police from the Zhongzheng No. 2 Police Station (中正第二分局). I have not written about this on my blog but you can see some photos at flickr. Reports in Chinese of the events of that day can be found on the Wild Strawberry Movement’s blog and on page A5 of the Liberty Times (自由時報), 25 December 2008. The Taipei Times also reported on 26 December that the Wild Strawberries plan to take legal action against the police in relation to the incident.

6 thoughts on “Police, the law and human rights

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    Sorry — as much as I love the WS — this was a stupid move by the students. There are infinitely more ways that the students could get attention than by dumping a huge piece of garbage at the Presidential Palace.

    I really hope their ideas get a whole lot better than this.
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  2. STOP Ma, I think it would be better to focus on the police actions. Did the police handle this incident in an appropriate manner? The photos and news reports only tell a small part of the story.

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    David,

    I watched this stupidity live on their broadcast site. The students were wrong to do obstruct the roadway / sidewalk with this huge hut and it was an ill-conceived idea to begin with. In the court of public opinion this is in no way going to help them. And I doubt they will get very far in court.

    A better idea would have had the students give Ma a legitimate gift. One that would have made HIM look silly — not the students. Something like a map of his interpretation of the R.O.C. — which includes the mainland. Or something similar.

    Instead, this stunt gives the KMT every opportunity to de-legitimize the students.

    The students need to let the police / KMT make themselves look bad. Not the other way around.
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  4. In every democratic country this hut would have been removed. What do these “strawberries” think and expect??

  5. It seems public sentiments are not on the side of the Wild Strawberries here. My key point is the police could have handled the situation differently. The obstacle to traffic posed by the hut was no greater than a double-parked car, of which there are many in Taipei. It was a case of 小題大做 (small matter, big reaction).

    STOP Ma, the students also planned to give President Ma Chapter 2 of the Constitution, the Parade & Assembly Law and a few other related things.

    Please note: I refrain from making more specific accusations as the incident is subject to legal action.

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