Hundreds attend deceased Dapu protester's memorial service
By John Liu, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A memorial ceremony for the late private property rights activist Chang Sen-wen (張森文) was held yesterday at the site where his property was demolished by the government, and was attended by hundreds of his supporters who turned out to give their condolences to his family.
September 29, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
A memorial video created to celebrate Chang's life, including his protest efforts to protect his store, “Chang's Pharmacy,” was played during the ceremony. A woman also presented a homemade model of Chang's Pharmacy at the memorial service, in order to “return a complete home to Chang.”
Former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) was present at the ceremony. Although the cause of Chang's death remains uncertain, Lu said “whatever the cause, it is correct to say that the public authority has committed murder.” Lu said that that Miaoli County chief Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻), who ordered the demolition of Chang's property, should thoroughly reflect on his decision. The public should also closely monitor how the appropriated land is ultimately used by the government, Lu said.
Chang's eldest son Chang Yuan-hau (張元豪) said that his father died too soon, saying that his father toiled hard all his years but passed away before he had a chance to enjoy an easy retired life. Chang said, however, that it might not be such a bad thing after all, since his father “at least will no longer be persecuted and endure any pain.”
Hundreds of people attended the memorial service, including several legislators from the Democratic Progressive Party, representatives from the Taiwan Rural Front, self-help organizations from all over Miaoli County, the National Alliance of Laborers from Closed Factories, and the Protect Miaoli Youth Alliance.