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1,000 protesters swarm police precinct

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Nearly 1,000 demonstrators gathered in front of the Zhongzheng First Precinct of the Taipei City Police Department last night, protesting the department's decision to drive the remaining protesters out of the Legislative Yuan compound.

While student protesters left the Legislature's Assembly Hall yesterday morning, members of the Referendum Alliance (公投護台灣聯盟) opted to stay outside the Legislature. At 7 a.m., officers of the Zhongzheng First Precinct began to disperse the protesters using “soft measures.” The police lifted protesters away from the scene, without applying any hard force. No injuries were reported

Referendum Alliance leader Tsai Ting-kuei (蔡丁貴), however, burst onto a nearby road in order to vent his dissatisfaction. He collided with a motorcycle and required medical attention.

Zhongzheng First Precinct Police Chief Fang Yang-ning (方仰寧) said the police removed the protesters in order to ensure the resumption of the Legislature, after sessions had been held up for weeks as a consequence of student protesters' occupation. Fang also pointed out that Tsai was injured as a result of his arbitrary action.

April 12, 2014    kingsolomon@
The father of the city, which is the mayor, is paralyzed by fear and can not decide what to do. When the green gangsters broke into government buildings, his knees were shaking so hard that he dropped and lost his balls. He has not recovered his senses yet and still is looking for his b*lls. As father of the city he should have been the leader in enforcing the rules of his house.
April 12, 2014    que?@
"Fang gave an apology for improperly carrying out public duty"

Do I understand it correctly when the person in question himself admits to wrongdoing but the government will protect him?
April 12, 2014    taiwanpost@
John Liu, pls. stand corrected:
the police physically removed the remaining protesters from a street OUTSIDE the Legislative Yuan compound, rather than out of the compound itself. A public space, in other words.
April 12, 2014    normanytlim@
I supported the Sunflower Movement (SM) because I felt it was justified and the reasons were clear. However, the demands made by the members of the Referendum Alliance (RA) are quite overboard. Actually, the objectives of the RA , though legitimate, are not the same as the SM. From what I see, they are riding the tailcoat of the SM and hoping to capitalize on the heat generated.

It is true that Fang Yang-ning, the police chief of Zhongzheng First Precinct had backed on his words to allow the demonstrators to continue their sit-in outside the Legislative Yuan (LY) and insulted them during the earlier exchange of words. However, when the demonstrators surrounded the police station, they demanded that the Fang should apologize for his behavior and allow their sit-in to continue; these Fang had done so. But the demonstrators' demanding for Fang's resignation is crossing the line, and is reflecting the immaturity. Creating too much commotion now will dilute the public's attention to the initial SM's demand regarding the Cross-Straits Pact.

Let's keep our eyes on the first target and before moving to the next.
April 12, 2014    cc50@
At 2.30, First Police Precinct Chief 方仰寧 had promised the demonstrators outside the legislator that they would not be forced away. What made him retract his promise, only all-mighty Ma knows.
April 12, 2014    tintin@
Video footage of the incident available online shows that a motorcycle approached Tsai very slowly, suggesting that the driver had seen him, who by then was already lying on the ground.
April 12, 2014    lngchen@
Fang is not the one who must go.
His boss, National Police Administration Director-General Wang Cho-chiun, is the one who needs to step down.

Wang’s alleged ties with the Four Seas Gang, one of Taiwan’s main triads, are already grounds for dismissal, not to mention the role that he played in the bloody crackdown at the EY on March 23-24.
April 12, 2014    eddy@
What a disgrace, now mob rule trumps rule of law. This is going to set a dangerous precedent for any group of people who are not happy about anything.
April 13, 2014    x@
Thank you Chief Fang and fellow policemen/policewomen for your dedicated service. I am truly sickened by the behavior of these overzealous hoodlums/students and admire the restraint shown by the police. Hopefully someday some of these students will grow up and realize that even though they may have had good intentions, their actions are counterproductive and an abuse of the freedoms we enjoy in Taiwan.
April 15, 2014    freddy@
@eddy:
I AGREE!! Put the White Wolf and his beetle-nut chewing gang in jail!!
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Protesters demand the resignation of Zhongzheng First Precinct Police Chief Fang Yang-ning at the police bureau last night. They said that Fang should apologize for breaking his promise to not disperse demonstrators sitting within the Legislative Yuan compound, yesterday. (CNA)

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