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Police advise against anti-nuclear protesters' plans to disrupt MRT

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei City Police Department and the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation released statements yesterday, advising event organizing netizens against attempting to paralyze the Taipei Metro.

Following the occupation of Zhongxiao East Road and the temporary halting of Taipei traffic, netizens initiated an online event calling on 100,000 people to occupy and paralyze the Taipei MRT.

Taipei City Government spokesman Chang Chi-chiang (張其強) stated that the city government will do everything in its power to ensure the safety and travel rights of all MRT passengers, and will not allow those rights to be misused.

The police stated that the attempt could potentially be in violation of the Criminal Code of the Republic of China Articles 153 and 185. The breaking of the former could lead to two years' imprisonment, criminal detention or a fine of NT$1,000, while breaking the latter could lead to five years' imprisonment, criminal detention or a fine of NT$500.

Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan Leader Arrested

Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan (ART) convener Tsay Ting-kuei (蔡丁貴) was charged with Offenses of Interference with Public Functions and Offenses Against Personal Liberty yesterday, following his arrest on Tuesday, April 29.

The ART protesters and various other anti-nuclear energy groups led by Tsay used their massive manpower to block vehicles of Kuomintang (KMT) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators, denying politicians from both parties an exit from the Legislative Yuan.

Tsai was among nine others arrested during the event. While others were released on bail following interviews which went well into the night, Tsay was hospitalized after fainting during the blockade. Tsay had allegedly woken up soon after he fainted and proceeded to kick police officers who later arrested him on site. Tsay refused to be questioned quoting physical discomfort.

Judicial experts stated that if acts such as surrounding the vehicles of legislators and restriction of passage are conducted by citizens, charges could be filed under the Criminal Code of the Republic of China Articles 302 and 304. The first carries a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment, criminal detention or a fine of NT$300, while the second carries a maximum penalty of three years' imprisonment, criminal detention or a fine of NT$300.

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