Taiwan: Defending Rights to Protest

Following David's article on “The Phantom of Police State” coming back with Chen Yun-lin (陳雲林)'s visit to Taiwan on 3 of Nov, I have collected some visual materials showing the conflict between the protesters and police with brief translation.

Since Nov 3rd, many protesters wearing pro-Taiwan T-shirt or banners or waving the ROC national flag have been harassed by the police, and some of them were wounded. To the extent that people playing Taiwanese songs (Sunrise records, 上揚唱片) were disrupted with force, and a cup of coffee became all too dangerous.

Manuscript translation:

Unlawful object: drinks?
When do citizens lost our rights to walk around with drinks on our hands?
Is it lawful for the police to push citizens toward the wall?
Is a cup of drinks a dangerous item now?

A group of motorcyclists waving the ROC national flag and Tibet flag were stopped by the police without any explanation.

When seeing the pro-Taiwan banner (“Taiwan is Taiwan”), the police (?) ran to the spot and took the banner away.
The protesters asked “This is our hotel room, and this banner is our property. Who gives you the right to come in and take our banners?”

Protesters said “We are Taiwanese. Why can't we express our opinions?”
Protesters asked the police “What's the problem with our national flag?”
After the police took and damaged these flags, the reporters asked the police “Isn't it wrong to damage our national flag?”

Defending rights to protest

Facing these incidents, Carolina thought Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou should take the responsibility.


When the (national) flags and banners on the streets were taken away and people holding these flags were shocked, Ma Ying-Jeou lied that he absolutely did not give orders to remove the (national) flags.

OJ is also very disappointed with the current government.


Seeing our government treat our people in this way, we bitterly realize that…the democracy and human rights are thrown away by this shameful government.

However, citizens prepare to fight back, non-violently. Francais asked citizens to collect evidence if they see these incidents.


Asian human rights groups will gather and voice on the Human Right Day this December. We thought we would denounce the repression of Taiwan from China. However, our own government shows their dictatorship, and Taiwan is formally listed as a country whose human rights are endangered now. We appeal for gathering information about incidents that endanger human rights after President Ma inaugurated. We will put them together and reveal them to the international media. I am sorry that when we see the degradation of Taiwan, this is the only thing we can do. We should work hard now.


  • Chan

    It is Right to move forward a Better and more peaceful tommorrow.

    It is NOT right to be destructive to your own kind…. It is Not right if one has failed to see the similarity and Goods.

    Narrow minded politicians had made use of the name of democracy and communist to create Chaos, to gain influences and power….

    Understand both ideologies, they have similar objectives, both good ideology for human society, civilisation and progress…

    Chen S B is definitely a good sucker…I guess he forgotten who is his grand and origin ?

  • […] The government's overreaction in “protecting” Chen Yunlin and the police action in h… had agitated more people to join the protest on 11/6. […]

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  • Taiwan is not a part of China!

  • Will

    Anyone who cares about the issue that Taiwan does not belong to China please join http://www.facebook.com/wall.php?id=2204497989#/group.php?gid=2204497989&ref=mf to view/discuss the topics addressed to Taiwan is Taiwan, and China is China!
    And to those who think Taiwan is part of China, also take a look at the history of the posts on the site, you will find yourself very wrong.

  • knights

    I celebrated and celebrated after Chen Shui Fang got in jail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Money laundering is a crime!

  • knights

    ifan, did you cry your eyes out when Chen Shui Fang got arrested?!

  • -His name is Chen Shui Bian. 陳水扁. I don’t even think anyone felt sorry for him. He stole money, and he deserves to pay for it. I do disagree though, with the handcuffs. Is 陳水扁 some kind of dangerous criminal or something? Anyway, hopefully, Taiwan is getting all it’s money back.

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