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Pension reform protesters lob bottles at Pingtung Council members

KAOHSIUNG -- More than 10 protesters lobbed bottles at three Pingtung County Council members, injuring one of them as they were leaving a music concert in Pingtung City which was attended by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)and other senior officials Sunday.

One of the bottles hit the arm of Chen Ming-ta (陳明達), who wore a vest showing his name and title. Chen Wen-hung (陳文弘), who also had on a similar vest, and Liu Yu-hao (劉育豪), who wore a suit, were unharmed by alarmed.

The injured councilor, after having his wounds taken care of at a hospital, filed a complaint to the police, demanding that the attackers be arrested and investigated.

Before the concert started at 3:00 p.m., more than 500 retired public servants and military servicemen tried to storm into the concert hall to voice their discontent over President Tsai's pension reform plan which seeks to cut their retirement benefits.

As they were fended off by police, the protesters shouted at the police, yelling "we're doing this also for you!"

The Presidential Office concert, held for the first time in the southernmost county of Pingtung, was aimed at drawing people from Tsai's hometown.

Tsai said she had a pleasant time enjoying the music along with her hometown fellows, foreign diplomats based in Taiwan, senior government officials, lawmakers and local council members.

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