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Tsay released by police with residence limitation

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Referendum Alliance leader Tsay Ting-kuei (蔡丁貴) yesterday was released by the police with limitation on his residence after being questioned for attempting to push the barricades away in front of the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday night.

According to Tsay, his actions to push the barricades was a way to support former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung's (林義雄) hunger strike against the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

Tsay said that he will not do anything to intervene with the Yuan Sitting or occupy the Legislature in the hope that lawmakers can pass the proposal to stop the construction on Nuke 4.

"Police did not understand our appeals," said Tsay.

He said that he asked DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) and Taiwan Solidarity Union caucus convener Lai Zhen-chang (賴振昌), who visited him earlier, to pass on people's demands to stop the construction on Nuke 4.

Tsay later returned to the area outside of the Legislative Yuan to talk to the gathered crowd about how the police and prosecutors questioned him about the incident earlier.

On Tuesday night, Tsay and a group of his supporters gathered in front of the Legislative Yuan for a sit-in protest, showing their support for Lin, and the police started to raise a sign to warn them that their actions violated regulations.

Later in the evening, Tsay started to lead a group of people to push away the barricades in an attempt to enter the Legislative Yuan, which triggered physical conflicts between police and the protesters.

Tsay and eight other protesters were arrested for offenses of obstructing an officer in the discharge of duties, though they were later released by police after questioning.

No Violent Measure Should be Taken: Interior Minister

Interior Minister Chen Wei-zen (陳威仁) yesterday said that any measures that involve violence should not be taken in a democratic society, and the police will maintain the operation of the Legislative Yuan by carrying out the laws rationally.

"The value of a democratic society is that everyone is allowed to express their opinions through a legal procedure, and any type of violent measures should not exist in a democratic society," said Chen.

He also pointed out that it is crucial to maintain the regular operation of the Legislature since all bills that concern the residents in Taiwan have to be completed according to parliamentary procedures.

"If the operation of the Legislative Yuan is interrupted, there will be no opportunity for people's appeals to be discussed," said Chen.

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