Careless wording mark of immaturity in demonstration
The China Post news staff
April 19, 2014, 12:17 am TWN
"If professor Tsay (political activist Tsay Ting-kuei) doesn't get his (parade permit) back, you really have to be careful. You will lead to the demise of the Ma administration; you will cause your own assassination. I'm not threatening you. I'm describing the facts," student activist Hung Chung-yen (洪崇晏) told Zhongzheng First Precinct chief Fang Yang-ning (方仰寧) during a demonstration outside of the precinct office on April 11.
Nearly 1,000 demonstrators besieged the precinct office on the night of April 11 to protest against the eviction of Tsay and other protesters from the Legislative Yuan complex, which took place earlier in the morning. People shouted and demanded that Fang apologize and step down from his post. Several even threw ghost money and water bottles at the police officers who stood at the entrance of the precinct office.
Hung's remarks, however, were not widely favored by the public. Many believed that he shouldn't have threatened Fang, and that his remark tarnished the peaceful image of the student-led demonstration, which began on March 18.
A few days after the incident, Hung apologized to Fang and the public during a press conference. Hung explained that he didn't mean to threaten Fang and that he only wanted to remind Fang to be careful.
Hung added that the protesters' anger was palpable and that he was worried they might lose control and hurt Fang.
"However, if Fang Yang-ning got frightened because of what I said to him, I will shoulder legal responsibility," Hung said. "But if he didn't feel fearful, then in reality I didn't pose a threat to him."
Hung further denied being the mastermind behind the April 11 demonstration. He said that he merely "passed by" the precinct office and thinking that the crowd might lose control, he picked up a loudspeaker in an attempt to lead the protesters.
The instigator of the demonstration was the precinct and the government, Hung maintained.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Tien Chiu-chin (田秋堇) recently posted an article on her Facebook page in response to Hung's controversial remarks.
Tien said that she supported the Sunflower Movement, and that she didn't mind people sneering at her colleagues for guarding the entrances of the Legislature's main chamber.
The lawmaker said that she believed the student activists were "pure of heart," adding, however, that she couldn't accept them speaking of "assassination."