Supporter of Dapu home owners claims he threw shoe at Liu
By Lauly Li,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷), a supporter of four families whose households were torn down in Miaoli County's Dapu Village, told local press yesterday that he threw a shoe that hit Miaoli Magistrate Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻) in the head on Wednesday night.
September 20, 2013, 12:21 am TWN
Chang Sen-wen (張森文), one of the owners of the four demolished households, was found dead under Dapu Bridge on Wednesday afternoon. Liu later that night went to Chang's former residence to give his condolences to the family. However, was scolded and hit by a shoe from a crowd of protesters.
Supporters of the Dapu villagers and some media personalities said they believe Chang committed suicide out of despair over the Dapu demolitions.
Chen yesterday told local press that he was so angry at Liu that he could not resist throwing a shoe at him.
Chen claimed that two months ago Liu forced the demolition of Cheng's household in Dapu Village, and now Liu insisted on meeting the families against their wishes. This showed he had no respect for the family and only wanted to make a political show for the public, Chen said.
Asked if he was worried that the magistrate might press charges against him, Chen said: “I would not mind having an extra lawsuit against me.”
Liu said yesterday that he was sorry that Chen threw a shoe at him, but that he would not press charges. The magistrate added that he was trying to show his condolences and offer help to Chang's family on Wednesday.
Yesterday morning around 30 activists who support the Dapu Village residents went to President Ma Ying-jeou's residence.
Shouting “President the murderer” and “Blood for blood,” the protesters raised banners and threw paint on the entrance to the residence.
The activists, mainly college students, were forced to leave the site by police soon after splashing the paint, which police later cleaned up.
One of the students, surnamed Wu, was arrested by police and sent to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office. He was later released after questioning.
Protesters said the Ma administration should find justice for the Dapu villagers and the families of Chang.
Chang's eldest son, Chang Yuan-hau (張元豪), said yesterday that after family consideration, they decided to halt Chang's autopsy, previously scheduled to be conducted in Taipei today. Chang added that he had informed the Miaoli District Prosecutors Office of the family's decision.
Miaoli prosecutor Teng Yuan said that, according to regulations, the families can apply for examination of the dead should they have any doubts about the cause of death. An autopsy is one of the options, Teng said.
The Miaoli County Government on July 18 demolished four households in Dapu Village as part of a so-called “urban development project” while the household owners and their supporters were protesting in Taipei.
Supporters of the four families whose houses were razed in Dapu Village pay their respects yesterday to fellow owner Chang Sen-wen during a memorial service for him in Miaoli ...