Protester actions run contrary to concept of 'civil': Premier Jiang
By Lauly Li ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday said protesters who attended the Aug. 18 rally and occupied all the entrances of the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) have gone against the concept of “civil.”
August 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The Aug. 18 demonstration organizers and activists that support the owners of four razed households in Miaoli County's Dapu Village have been citing the idea of “Civil Disobedience” — from an essay by American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau — to argue that individuals in society should not allow the government to “overrule their consciences.”
Jiang said the central meaning of “civil” is not only a reference to “citizen,” but also encompass the meaning of “civilization,” noting that the actions of the protesters, notably damaging public property, assaulting police officers, and splashing water on the deputy minister of the MOI, were in stark contrast to the concept of civilization.
Jiang said that in a democratic country, a government respects that people have rights to express their opinions, noting however that activists should protest under the Assembly and Parade Act and in a rational manner.
Jiang said he has demanded law enforcement departments handle protests more patiently to avoid any controversies.