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First lady Wu's mother pours water over journalists after visit

First lady Wu Shu-jen's elderly mother, in a fit of rage, yesterday poured water onto journalists covering her visit to her grandson-in-law Chao Chien-ming's residence in Taipei.

Wang Hsia, in her 80s, paid Chao a 15-minute visit at his residence. Chao has been hounded by reporters and cameramen around-the-clock since he was implicated in an insider-trading scandal.

When she re-emerged from the residence, she poured a bucket of water onto the journalists, and tried to grab their cameras.

She then started lecturing the stunned journalists, saying they had to have her permission before filming her. Chao's domestic helper, nicknamed "Ah Ching," who walked Wang to her car, asked the press not to follow Wang.

Ah Ching later said that Wang was heading for the hospital for a medical check-up, but she declined to say what Wang and Chao had talked about during the brief visit.

Chao was released on bail last week after spending days in custody on insider-trading charges.

During the first days after his release, Chao would often go out chiefly visiting his wife and children at the presidential residence.

But his visits to the presidential residence has invited criticism from both the ruling Progressive Party and the opposition alike.

Over the past few days he has been locking himself up at home, avoiding the press that has turned the quiet neighborhood into a media circus.

His neighbors have been troubled not just by the presence of the media people, but also by some opposition supporters who have shown up shouting out their disapproval for the president's son-in-law.

At least one show business personality has taken advantage of the media coverage to stage a personal promotion activity outside Chao's residence.

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