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Councilor accused of violent conduct

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Yunlin County Councilor Tsai Chiu-min (蔡秋敏) was accused by her fellow Yunlin County Government officials of verbal and physical violence, after she reportedly turned over the table of a department chief and used loud language during her visit.

She was also accused of throwing official documents to the ground and storming out of the department in a rage soon after.

However, Tsai said in a press conference regarding the incident that her dramatic behavior was not an act of violence but simply emotional agitation due to a disagreement with the department chief. Attributing the incident to her size, Tsai claimed she did not deliberately overturn the table, nor did she throw the documents in question to the ground, but only knocked them down accidentally on her way out.

Nevertheless, Tsai said that as a councilor, she would like to give her fellow co-workers her deepest apologies for behaving unprofessionally. “My fellow county government colleagues,” said Tsai. “I sincerely apologize again, to those I've shaken during that ordeal.” Tsai went on to say that her actions have also been misread and exaggerated.

In regard to the purpose of her visit, Tsai stated that she was there to petition over the sudden dismissal of a supporter. The supporter was previously employed by the department but did not have his contract renewed. The supporter had reportedly been dismissed as a result of his support for Tsai, who accused the department chief of bribery last May.

During the end of Tsai's press conference, the supporter in question and his wife apologized to Tsai, with the supporter's wife on her knees over Tsai's troubles.

The department chief has refused to comment on the incident.

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