Premier's books put to the torch
By Lauly Li, The China Post
March 28, 2014, 12:08 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Around 20 students and alumni of National Taiwan University's (NTU) Department of Political Science yesterday held a press conference in front of NTU's College of Social Sciences, accusing Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) of forsaking the values of democracy, and burning Jiang's published books.
Jiang used to serve as a professor at NTU's Department of Political Science. The activists said they condemn Jiang for violently dispersing student activists from the Executive Yuan, demanding the premier to apologize to the public and step down from his post.
Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) lawmakers yesterday morning gathered in front of the Executive Yuan compound, urging the premier to resign immediately. The opposition lawmakers shouted out "step down, brutal old Jiang."
Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) later responded to the protesters by saying that Jiang expresses his regrets over people burning his works.
Sun further noted that the Executive Yuan did not disperse demonstrators occupying the Legislature because it respects the Legislative Yuan's autonomy, noting that, however, when the demonstrators illegally occupied the nation's highest administration, the government had to disperse people in order to maintain government operations.
Sun said when he arrived at the Executive Yuan on Sunday at 11 p.m. at the premier's request, he first went to his office on the second floor of the main building. "I then realized there were a lot of strangers wandering on the second floor, so I pretended that I was nobody and immediately went downstairs to leave the building." "I admit that I was a little bit scared," Sun added.
During the press conference yesterday, Sun pointed at the pressroom saying that many microphones and lamps were stolen and the entrance of the room was blocked by a stack of chairs. "Is that what the protesters have claimed to be a peaceful sit-in demonstration?" Sun questioned.
Sun said he just wanted to point out that not all student activists were sitting peacefully at the Executive Yuan. "The public needs to listen to every point of view regarding the eviction. It is not fair to smear those hard working police officers," he said.
As for the accusation of police officers using violence to expel students, Sun replied that the truth cannot be hidden in this technological era, noting that the National Police Agency will also submit a reviewing report over the eviction.
Time for Pact Promotion
Jiang was quoted by Sun as saying that the "occupy Legislative Yuan" movement on the other hand has brought a positive influence to society, explaining that the demonstration has raised people's willingness to participate in public affairs.
Sun said as more people start to care about the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, the Executive Yuan thinks it is an opportunity to promote the benefits of the pact to public.