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Activists block off Legislature exits

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hundreds of anti-nuclear energy protesters yesterday afternoon blocked all the exits of the Legislative Yuan to prevent lawmakers from leaving the compound, shouting “go back to the meeting” and “abort Nuke 4 immediately” to all legislators who tried to leave the area.

Activist Tsay Ting-kuei (蔡丁貴) yesterday morning urged anti-nuclear energy protesters to block every exit of the Legislative Yuan to prevent lawmakers from leaving the compound.

Tsay said that the lawmakers were only to be allowed to enter the Legislature, stressing that they were forbidden to leave.

Demonstrators urged lawmakers to hold a meeting and announce the termination of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant with immediate effect.

Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker Lu Chia-chen (盧嘉辰) was besieged by hundreds of protesters for almost two hours, as he attempted to leave the Legislature at around 4 p.m.

Physical altercation occurred between police and demonstrators as the former were trying to separate the latter from Lu's car. Several police and protesters were injured.

Lu's car left the area at around 6 p.m. escorted by police officers. Following Lu's exit, hundreds of protesters staged a sit-in on Zhongxiao E. Rd., attempting to paralyze traffic.

Blues, Greens All Blocked

During lunchtime, ruling party and opposition lawmakers alike were blocked by demonstrators at the exit of an alleyway near the Legislature compound. Protesters demanded that the lawmakers return to the Legislative Yuan and resume the meeting.

A protester jumped on the hood of KMT lawmaker Lin Ming-chen's (林明溱) car and broke the windshield while the vehicle was being driven away from the Legislative Yuan. Another demonstrator who attempted to open the door and pull Lin out of the car was prevented from doing so by police. Several demonstrators were arrested on the scene.

Tsay, who was displeased by police methods, rushed toward a police officer and kicked him. The police officer in question and a couple of others immediately wrestled the activist to the ground. Afterward, Tsay fainted and was sent to a hospital for treatment.

When KMT lawmaker Chiang Huei-chen (江惠貞) told protesters that she needed to leave the Legislature and run some urgent errands, one of the protesters asked, “Did someone in your family die? Is that why you need to leave so soon?”

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) said in a Facebook post that she wanted to return to her office at around 1 p.m. but was prevented from doing so.

“Do these methods of restricting personal freedom reflect the values we uphold? Do they fulfill the democratic principles that Lin Yi-hsiung is risking his life to advocate for?” Hsiao said.

DPP Boycotts Meeting

DPP lawmakers yesterday afternoon seized the rostrum and the podium of the Assembly Hall, demanding that Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) give a report on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant on Friday. The DPP's demand was rejected by the KMT caucus.

The ruling party and opposition caucuses failed to reach a consensus on the matter and, as a result, the scheduled plenary session was not convened.

April 30, 2014    edann77@
"Blues, Greens All Blocked"

Glad to see protestors who are truly apolitical.
April 30, 2014    taiwandude@
Democracy does NOT mean getting a large group of people together and forcing the government to do according to your will. This has devolved into mob rule. The Ma government should have never allowed those students to get what they wanted when they took the legislative yuan. Now they think that's how things work. This is nothing but holding the government hostage.
April 30, 2014    yao1931@
Despite the fact that the Ma Administration has announced to shut down nuclear power plants, these students are still rioting all day long on the streets. They don’t know really what they are doing, just like parrots chiming in with what some ill-minded people say, whether right or wrong. By doing such stupid acts—harmful to others but not beneficial to themselves, they have shamed their parents, never thinking how hard their parents had earned the money to pay for their education.
April 30, 2014    sjef@
yao1931: "Ma administration has announced to shut down the nuclear power plants" & "They don't know what they are doing"?

The Ma administration has not decided that. You obviously don't know what is happening in Taiwan.
May 2, 2014    yao1931@
It is ridiculously absurd that rather than protect lawmakers who were prevented from leaving Legislative Yuan by the activist students who blocked off legislature exits, as the head of Legislative Yuan, speaker Wang Jin-pyng had protected activist students when they burst into the chamber of Legislative Yuan.

May 2, 2014    yao1931@
sjef@ wrote:
yao1931: "Ma administration has announced to shut down the nuclear power plants" & "They don't know what they are doing"?

The Ma administration has not decided that. You obviously don't know what is happening in Taiwan.
You said I obliviously don't know what is happening in Taiwan. Please tell me how much you know about what is happening in Taiwan.
May 4, 2014    yao1931@
Adding to a number of harassments against KMT lawmakers before, the activist students run riot once again today by surrounding Service Office of Mr. Fei Hung-tai, an outstanding KMT lawmaker. Besides blocking the traffic and causing passers-by’s indignation, what else will they bring about? Actually, what they are doing is nothing but deliberately stirring up trouble.
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A protester refuses to dislodge from the hood of a lawmaker's car, yesterday. Protesters demanded that lawmakers return to the Legislative Yuan and vote for the termination of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant. (CNA)



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