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Sunday, November 16, 2008

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Take a stand for Taiwan's democracy

More signatures, please

Last time I checked, there were 584 signatures on the "Open letter on erosion of justice in Taiwan," but there should be far more. (I'm #102.) If you haven't yet done so, please go read it, and add your signature now [UPDATE 1, December 3, 2008: Many thanks to all of the readers of this blog who have added their names to the letter! As of 8 PM Taiwan time, there were 1,999 signatures. Even though the goal of 1,000 signatures has nearly been doubled, the Ma administration has not acknowledged their wrongdoing. If you haven't signed it yet, please do. /update 1].

Also, the Wild StrawBerries Movement (野草莓學運) has an online petition, too. (I'm number 三八ㄟ.) [UPDATE 2, December 3, 2008: Many thanks to all the readers of this blog who have given their support to the Wild StrawBerries! As of 8 PM Taiwan time, there are 1,184 signatures, but there still hasn't been a satisfactory response from the Ma government. If you haven't signed the petition yet, please go do it now. /update 2] Here are their goals [edited for formatting, clarity, spelling, and completeness]:
1. President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) must publicly apologize to all citizens [for creating the situation which allowed the police to treat protesters the way they did during Chen Yunlin's (陳雲林) visit to Taiwan].

2. National Police Agency (NPA) Director-General Wang Cho-chiun (王卓鈞) and National Security Bureau Director Tsai Chao-ming (蔡朝明) must step down [to take responsibility for the police brutality that occurred as a result of the massive police presence].

3. The Legislative Yuan (行政院) must revise the Parade and Assembly Law (集會遊行法), which currently restricts the rights of the people [and which are set to become even more repressive early in 2009]. [This is basically a simple demand for "Freedom of Assembly."]
野草莓運動

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

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Open letter on erosion of justice in Taiwan

Add your signature

The "Open letter on erosion of justice in Taiwan" is online in petition form, and you can add your signature to it by clicking the preceding link. Here's the text of the letter [I've edited stray code and formatting, but unless otherwise noted, the text is identical to the original]:
Open letter on erosion of justice in Taiwan

The undersigned, scholars and writers from the US, Europe and Australia, wish to express their deep concern about the recent series of detentions in Taiwan of present and former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government officials. To date there have been at least seven such cases. [Maddog note: The detention of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) without an indictment brings that number to (at least) eight.]

It is obvious that there have been cases of corruption in Taiwan, but these have occurred in both political camps. The political neutrality of the judicial system is an essential element in a democracy. It is also essential that any accused are considered innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.

We also believe that the procedures followed by the prosecutor's offices are severely flawed: while one or two of the accused have been formally charged, the majority is being held incommunicado without being charged. This is a severe contravention of the writ of habeas corpus and a basic violation of due process, justice and the rule of law.

In the meantime, the prosecutor's offices evidently leak detrimental information to the press. This kind of "trial by press" is a violation of the basic standards of judicial procedures. It also gives the distinct impression that the Kuomintang (KMT) authorities are using the judicial system to get even with members of the former DPP government.

In addition, the people who are being held incommunicado are of course unable to defend themselves against the misreporting and the leaks in the news media.

We do firmly believe that any alleged wrongdoings must be dealt with in a fair and open manner in an impartial court. Justice through the rule of law is essential to Taiwan's efforts to consolidate democracy and protect fundamental human rights.

We do not want to see Taiwan's hard-earned democracy jeopardized in this manner. Taiwan can justifiably be proud of its transition to democracy in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It would be sad for Taiwan and detrimental to its international image if the progress which was made during the past 20 years would be erased. Taiwan needs to move forward, not backwards to the unfair and unjust procedures as practiced during the dark days of Martial Law (1947-1987).


Signed:

Julian Baum
Former Far Eastern Economic Review bureau chief

Nat Bellocchi
Former American Institute in Taiwan chairman

Coen Blaauw
Formosan Association for Public Affairs, Washington

David Prager Branner
Director at large (East Asia),
American Oriental Society

Gordon G. Chang
Author of
The Coming Collapse of China

PROF. June Teufel Dreyer
University of Miami

PROF. Edward Friedman
University of Wisconsin

PROF. Bruce Jacobs
Monash University

Richard C. Kagan
Professor emeritus,
Hamline University

Jerome Keating
Author and former associate professor, National Taipei University

ASSOC. PROF. Daniel Lynch
School of International Relations, University of Southern California

PROF. Victor H. Mair
University of Pennsylvania

ASSOC. PROF. Donald Rodgers
Austin College

PROF. Terence Russell
University of Manitoba

PROF. Scott Simon
University of Ottawa

John J. Tkacik Jr
Senior research fellow,
The Heritage Foundation

Gerrit van der Wees
Editor, Taiwan Communique

PROF. Arthur Waldron
University of Pennsylvania

PROF. Vincent Wei-cheng Wang
University of Richmond

Stephen Yates
President of DC Asia Advisory and former deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian taken into custody

Another dark day in Taiwan's history

In yet another incredibly provocative move by the still-new Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) government, former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) was handcuffed by police and taken into custody this afternoon. A trial by public opinion has been conducted by leaking information and using the media to create an impression of guilt based on insinuation before actual evidence has been shown to the public.

Breaking News
Talking Show (大話新聞) just reported that Chen Shui-bian was beaten* (被打) by court bailiffs (法警) and that spokesman for the Wild Strawberries (野草莓) student protesters, National Taiwan University associate professor of sociology Lee Ming-tsung, (李明璁) was beaten by 4 police.

* UPDATE: This probably needs a clarification, but I'm not sure what kind yet. Reporters from ETTV and TVBS -- both very blue stations -- said that X-rays and other information indicated that Chen was indeed injured. Wednesday's Taipei Times mentions the claim that Chen "had been struck by a bailiff." [/update]

When they're at your front door, it'll be too late. Are you just gonna sit there, or are you going to go wake everybody up?

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BREAKING NEWS !!! A guy burning himself in Liberty Square Now

Students protesting in Freedom Square witness a horrible scene that a guy lights up a huge fire to burn himself.

Happening now as of 1105 PM, 11/10, 2008:

http://live.yahoo.com/wenli

I was stunned too, 'cos I was watching it happening far away from USA through the online live cam set up by the protesting students.

Ambulances arrived right away. Don't know the condition yet. The guy is 80 year old long time KMT member. Flyers were distributed before he burnt himself. He was very disappointed on how Ma Ying-jeou trashed the Republic of China flag, the symbol of something he was taught by KMT to loyal to in his entire life, in order to please the Communist China, the enemy he was taught by KMT to fight against in his whole life.

Trickery politician, ironic history, distorted belief, resulting in a tragic life.

This tragedy interrupted the protest procedure. Students call for peaceful resolve for any opinion expression.

UPDATE.1:
  1. The suicide note distributed by Bo-Yian Liu (劉伯煙) before he burnt himself:


    My translation:

    My name is Bo-Yian Liu(劉伯煙), 80 years old. I joined KMT in 1950, and has been cheated and insulted by KMT for 30 years, until I couldn't stand it any more and retired. I am not sure how President (Ma Ying-jeou) thinks about what happened lately. I saw people walking on the street with small national flag were arrested by the police, and the flagpole was broken by the police. I saw many policemen beat up people without being punished. I heard that the police arrested 16 civilians and is gonna indict them. Are more than a thousand policemen who beat up civilians with rods gonna be given outstanding awards ?

    When Chen Yunlin met up the President (Ma Ying-jeou), he pointed his finger at President and said, "You, you, you...", and I saw President was so happy and responded with a smile on his face. Is the name of our President "You-you-you?" Being a KMT member, I am so shame of myself -- does that mean if Mainland sent an even higher ranking official, our President will knee down to him?

    I saw that President is so unfair. It would be better if President issues an amnesty to dismiss all things, that would make it peaceful, and will show how kind and general a President has.


  2. A member in the medical team of protesting students accompanied Mr. Liu to the hospital. He returned to the scene about one and half hr later. Mr. Liu suffers 3rd burn on 80~90 % of his body, but is stabilized now.

  3. Students describe that Mr.Liu was in the scene this morning. He looked very upset. Students invited him to sit and tried to calm him down. He did. Then later, he seemed to get upset again and walked out of the tent. The unfortunate tragedy then happened.

    A student described that their guy on duty in the morning took away two gas bottles from Mr.Liu. But this doesn't seem to be confirmed by a later description.


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Taiwan Premier Liu will NOT apologize for police violation of civil rights

The first demand the students made in the current protest against Taiwan police violation of civil rights during Chen Yunlin's (陳雲林, Chairman of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, China) visit is that President Ma and Premier Liu should apologize.

Premier Liu, in response to a question he was asked in Legislative Yuan (to apologize for the police misconduct), said toady,

道歉?劉揆:挺兩天就過去了
劉揆回說,立委在立法院要他道歉,「我就沒有,這種事挺兩天就過去了」,意外說出真心話。

"I didn't apologize. This kind of thing, you just wait for a day or two and it will pass."

With a slip of words, Premier Liu reveals what he really has in mind about the student protest.

So Premier Liu obviously denies any police wrong doings under his and Ma's administration.

If President Ma has any wee bit of sense of guilt about ripping Taiwanese off the right of free speech and the right of walking on the street freely without the fear of police brutality, he would have asked Premier Liu to apologize before he does.

So the mentality of Premier Liu and his determination to ignore student's request signal the direction Ma's government is gonna take to deal with the student protest -- just ignore it. Not only is President Ma not gonna apologize, but also, neither National Security Bureau Director Tsai Chao-ming (蔡朝明) or National Police Agency (NPA) Director-General Wang Cho-chiun (王卓鈞) will step down (the 2nd demand of the protest).

To the innocent students participating the movement, it's probably their first fight for fears of losing human right they have been enjoying since they were born (thanks to those students who stood up to fight for that before them).

Unfortunately, facing a President and a government willing to sacrifice the human right of his people in order to please an official from China, I am afraid the goal of the current protest is too far to be reachable.

Do kids and grandkids of these innocent students still have the freedom of arranging a sit-in protest without being ran over by tanks like what happened in Tiananmen Square Massacre launched by China government in 1989 ?

May God have mercy !

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

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Live broadcast of student protest against police brutality in Taiwan

Updated : 111008.0745

The "martial law"-like police control that Ma Ying-jeou's government imposes on Taiwanese, especially that during the visit of Chen Yunlin (陳雲林), the chairman of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS), has triggered widespread anger among Taiwanese. Students all over the island are organizing protests to demand the government with the following appeals:

1) President Ma Ying-jeou and Premier Liu to apologize to the public;
2) Director of National Security Bureau and that of National Police Agency to step down;
3) Revise the unconstitutional Assembly And Parade Law (the current Law requires all demonstrations to be pre-approved, which often used as a political tool to screen protests);

The protest organizers insist the protest to be peaceful and non-partisan. The participation of any political figure is denied. No banner, flag, slogan are allowed, except the only one provided by the organizer, which reads: "The Police Violates the Law."

Live broadcasts are setup for people around the world to witness and participate:

1) Taipei: http://live.yahoo.com/wenli

This is the first protest. Started on 11am, Nov. 6th (Thursday) in front of Execute Yuan, it was dispersed by the police yesterday. Students regrouped on the Freedom Square. It's been going on for ~50 hours now.

2) Tainan: http://live.yahoo.com/tainandirect

Started just now (1 pm Taipei time, Nov. 8th, 2008). It's in Guang-Fu Campus of Cheng Kung University.

3) Taichung: http://1106.ezyou.cc/Home/tai-zhong-chang-ci

This one will start 2 pm, Nov, 9th, 2008, Sunday. See the above link for location. [Tim Maddog edit: It's at Citizens' Square (市民廣場), on the south side of Gongyi Rd. just west of Yingtsai Rd.]

Update-111008.0745:
live broadcast of Taichung protest:
http://live.yahoo.com/tcantiapl
Decode: tcantiapl = tc(Taichung) + anti + apl (Assembly and Parade Law)

Please spread the news.

Ma Ying-jeou is turning a democratic Taiwan into a police state. With the absolute authority he administrates, the current student protests could potentially be turned into "Tiananmen Square of Taiwan."

International media, if you are watching this, please H~E~L~P~~~ ...

Update-111008.0745:
  1. MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Simultaneous broadcast of all protest sites at 12:30 PM, Nov.10, Monday, Taipei time (or, 11:00 PM, Nov.9, Sunday, Eastern Time)

  2. The protest is officially called: Wild Strawberry (野草莓)

  3. Hsinchu (新竹):
    11:00Am, Monday Nov.10 (Taipei time), Tsing Hua University (清大小吃部)

  4. Changhua (彰化):
    Well it was between 4~5:00pm, Sunday, Nov.9. I didn't learn this until now. Don't know how it went.

  5. Official websites of the protest:
    Taipei: http://action1106.blogspot.com
    Taichung: http://tcantiapl.twgogo.org
    English: http://taiwanstudentmovement2008.blogspot.com/

  6. English writint/speaking volunteers needed urgently. Please contact yvonne8604(at)gmail(dot)com or check out the English site above)



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Thursday, November 06, 2008

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Press release on the Taiwan situation

Will the mainstream media do the right thing?

Coordinator: Taiwan Sovereignty Watch/ 台灣主權觀測站

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There are lots of bloggers and volunteers in Taiwan and overseas concern current Taiwan Police Violates Civil Rights When Maintaining Order during the Meeting of Taiwan's and China's Top Negotiators.

Due to most appeals and protests are blocked and distorted seriously on the mainstream media in Taiwan. Therefore, we set up the website and blogs delivering our press release, reports and so on. We continue watching these matters and offering different materials in other languages.

Please further visit our website or contact us directly. We really need you to help us to speak our voice out at this key moment. If you have any further questions, please be free to leave your messages on our website or reply to us. We will try to reply to you soon. Thank you so much.

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【Press Release】(English Version)

Taiwan Police Violates Civil Rights When Maintaining Order During the Meeting of Taiwan's and China's Top Negotiators

2008.11.5

Chen Yunlin, the chief of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, landed at Taiwan on November 3rd. He signed agreements on passenger-cargo flight, maritime shipping, mail service and food safety related issues with Chiang Pin-kung, the chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation. These agreements made Taiwan and China enter an age of three direct links. He would also meet President Ma Ying-Jeou of Taiwan.

For a long time, China has repressed any opportunities of Taiwan to participate international events. China neither recognizes Taiwan as a sovereign nation nor gives up its plan of making martial intrusion into Taiwan. Many Taiwanese people, including Taiwan's biggest opposition party, Democratic Progressive Party, were worried that Kuomintang government would not be able to defend for Taiwan's sovereignty during the negotiation. They also questioned that this meeting was not put under public examination. They are holding protests throughout Chen Yunlin's visit to Taiwan, expressing their claims, such as "One Taiwan, One China". Those people against China's forceful repression of Tibet's independence activities also joined the protests, holding "Free Tibet" slogan.



For Chen Yunlin's Taiwan visit, the Kuomingtang administration has specifically deployed some seven thousand policemen and special agents to cordon off the venues where Chen would appear in an attempt to prevent the public from raising protests. Measures employed by the police to guard Chen these days have, however, gone beyond the bounds of the law and the Constitution and seriously infringed on citizens' personal liberties and civil rights. Following are some instances:

1. The policy confiscated and damaged personal belongings of flags and balloons held by people at protest venues.

2. In the evening of November 2, four Taichung City Councilors, Chen Shu-hua (陳淑華), Chiu Su-chen (邱素貞), Chi Li-yu (紀麗玉) and Lai Chia-wei (賴佳微), checked in the Grand Hotel where Chen Yulin would stay during his visit. The next morning, they displayed protest banners from the balcony of their room. Within one minute, special agents broke in the balcony and entered their room, without their consent, to remove banners and restrain their actions.

3. Three bloggers with national flags of Taiwan and Tibet in hand were forcefully taken away by the police when walking southbound along Chung Shan North Rd and passing by the Taiwan Cement Building, where Chen Yunlin visited Cecilia Koo Yen, widow of the former chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation. The arrest caused the dislocation of fingers of one of the bloggers, but police refused to send her for medical treatment until she provided personal information.

4. Chen Yu-ching (陳育青), a photographer who visited friends near the Grand Hotel, was arrested and sent to the police station for interrogation for shooting the video of the banned area with hand-held camera.

5. Hung Chien-yi (洪建益), a Taipei councilman, entered the Ambassador Hotel, where Chen Yunlin's dinner reception was held, in the afternoon. When leaving by himself in the evening, he was dragged away on the ground for tens of yards by several police officers at the front gate of the hotel. He did not shout derogatory slogans or carry any dangerous items but only wore a T-shirt with the mark of "No Conspiracy with China" on it.

6. On November 4th, while Chen Yunlin was at the dinner reception hosted by KMT leaders at the Ambassador Hotel, a nearby record store was playing some Taiwanese song out loud. The police thought the song would stir up the feelings of the protesters on the scene, so they, in uniform or plainclothes, led by Beitou Police District Chief Lee Han Ching, broke into that record store, asked the store owner to stop the music, and shut the door.

7. On November 3rd, the Association of Taiwan Journalist issued that Cheng Chieh-wen (鄭傑文), a photojournalist from the Central News Agency, was dragged by the security police for 10 meters while he was doing his job at the Grand Hotel, and that an inappropriate press coverage area plan had caused quarrels between the press and the officials. ATJ declared that press freedom was under severe attack in Taiwan. Meanwhile, the government imposed such strict control over press coverage for this event that several reporters from Hong Kong said they failed to get press passes and had limited rights for coverage.

Protests are continuing, so are actions that invade human rights, actions that do harm to freedom of speech and personal liberty. These actions not only violated both Taiwan's criminal and civil laws but also contradicted the Constitution that should have protected the rights of people. We will be watching these events, and we want to raise our severe objections to the police in Taiwan.



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台灣警方在江陳會談期間的維安工作,侵犯正常公民權利的行使

2008.11.5

中國海協會會長陳雲林在11月3日抵達台灣,預計和台灣海基會會長江丙坤簽署包括海運、空運、郵政、食品安全等事務性協議,並和馬英九總統進行會面,正式邁向大三通的時代。

由於中國政府長期打壓台灣在國際上的活動空間,不願承認台灣是一個主權獨立的國家,也不放棄武力犯台,包括台灣主要反對黨—民進黨在內的許多台灣民眾,憂心國民黨政府在無法在協商過程之中堅守台灣主權,並且質疑這次會談的透明度,他們預備在陳雲林的台灣行程之中,沿途抗議,表達「台灣中國,一邊一國」等訴求。抗議民眾也包括不滿中國鎮壓圖博的圖博人士,他們提出「Free Tibet」的口號。

國民黨政府為了這次的會談,部屬了七千名的警察與特勤人員,在每一個會談的場合,以優勢警力圍起了封鎖線,試圖阻止民眾的抗議。然而,警方在這幾天所執行的維安工作,卻有執法過當的嫌疑,嚴重侵犯人身自由與妨礙公民權利的行使。以下舉例部份侵權事件:

1、在抗議場合,警方強制沒收、損毀台灣民眾手持的旗幟、空飄氣球等私人物品。

2、台中市議員陳淑華等四人,11月2日晚間入住陳雲林下榻的圓山飯店。11月3日上午,陳雲林車隊抵達圓山飯店之前,這四名議員在自己的房間陽台,掛起大型抗議布條。在一分鐘之內,未經陳淑華等人的同意,特勤人員隨即闖入陽台,進入陳淑華等人的房間,強行拆除布條,並壓制陳淑華等人的行動。

3、三名部落客沿著中山北路向南行經台泥大樓(陳雲林拜會辜嚴倬雲地點),因為批戴台灣國旗與圖博雪山獅子旗,被警方強行帶離,並造成一名部落客手指脫臼。警方甚至要求先留下資料,才願意送其至醫院。

4、影像工作者陳育青因為前往圓山飯店附近探訪友人,途中使用小型手持攝影機拍攝圓山飯店的現場封鎖情形,隨即被警方強制押進警察,帶至警局訊問。

5、台北市議員洪建益下午進入國賓飯店(陳雲林晚宴地點),於晚間獨自一人從飯店大門離開,並無任何呼喊口號的舉止,也沒有攜帶任何不當物品,只因為露出外套底下「勿通匪類」的t-shirt,隨即在飯店門口被多名警員強行托行數十公尺離開現場。

6、11月4日晚間,當陳雲林和國民黨要員於國賓飯店飯店進行晚宴時,附近的一家唱片行播放台灣歌謠,警方認為該歌謠鼓吹煽動現場抗議民眾,北投分局長李漢卿帶領數名制服及便衣員警,強行進入該唱片行,要求店家關閉音樂,隨後並強制拉下店家的鐵門。

7、台灣記者協會發出於11月3日發出聲明,2日中央社攝影記者鄭傑文於圓山飯店採訪遭到維安人員推拉約十公尺,3日又因採訪動線規劃不妥,造成媒體與官員的口角衝突。台灣新聞記者協會表示,這些行為嚴重侵害採訪自由。同時,此次相關單位嚴格管制媒體採訪,多名來自香港的記者表示無法取得採訪證,採訪權利受到限制。

抗議事件目前持續發生中,類似侵權行為也沒有減緩的跡象,這些行為均傷害了言論與人身自由,甚至違反我國刑事與民事法條,且牴觸憲法對於人民正常權利的保障。我們會持續關注這些事件,並對台灣的警政單位表達嚴正的抗議。


Too many police in Taipei
Too many police in Taipei
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Pain
The pain!
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A woman's finger was dislocated by police because of the flag she was holding
This woman's finger was dislocated by police because of the flag she was holding
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

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The beginnings of Martial Law 2.0

Ma will bring peace? Get the fuck outta here!

Let me say it up front, and let me say it loudly:
THE PEOPLE OF TAIWAN DO NOT WANT A POLICE STATE! TAIWAN IS NOT PART OF CHINA!

I can also say without much doubt that they're already pretty fucking tired of Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) administration.

The blue and red elephants in the room
As I mentioned earlier, martial law is being reintroduced to Taiwan, and the philistine police response to protesters as well as to people simply expressing their feelings is a clear indication of this situation.

People walking in unrestricted spaces have been grabbed by police for merely carrying ROC flags or video cameras. A music store (Sunrise Records [上揚唱片]) playing patriotic Taiwanese music was shut down by police, injuring at least one person inside and damaging store property. Two women peacefully carrying ROC and Tibetan flags were arrested, at least one being injured by police in the process. The police didn't cite any laws in these cases.

DPP politicians Chuang Ruei-hsiung (莊瑞雄), Huang Hsiang-chun (黃向群), Wang Hsiao-wei (王孝維), and Liu Yao-ren (劉耀仁) were walking near the Grand Hotel (圓山大飯店). One of them was clearly pushed to the ground by police, despite the non-violent behavior of the entire group.

When four DPP city councilors from Taichung unfurled two banners from the window of a room they had booked in the Grand Hotel before the arrival of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) Chairman Chen Yunlin (陳雲林), police forced their way into the room, removed the banners, and whisked the room's occupants away to the hotel's basement.

Pro-Taiwan banners are unfurled at the Grand Hotel
Pro-Taiwan banners are unfurled at the Grand Hotel ahead of Chen Yunlin's arrival
"Get out, commie bandit Chen Yunlin" and "Taiwan is Taiwan"
(Taipei Times photo)
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Taxis are being asked by police to leave certain areas because of the flags on their roof lights.

Ma says he didn't hand down any such orders, but whether he did or not, he didn't express any opposition to the abusive actions of the police either.

Former DPP officials are also being rounded up and "being held incommunicado and without charge."

(It's kind of hard to finish this post because I've been watching police on TV doing things like punching people in the face, knocking them down, and dragging them along the ground.)

Wednesday's Taipei Times put the number of police personnel involved in this week's events at between 7,000 and 9,000.

Could this be the "anti-secession" law (which "legislates" the arbitrary use of "non-peaceful means" against Taiwan) coming into effect, as some have suggested? Chen Yunlin said that he "saw and heard" the protesters, after all.

Is everybody awake yet? How long have I been trying to alert the world? Don't wait until the bloggers, the Talking Show (大話新聞) hosts, and all of your friends get arrested before you do something. Immediately educate everyone you know about what's going on!

When the police enforce laws that don't exist, what else should you call it but (undeclared) "martial law"? You should acquaint yourself with some of its names:
Hanzi: 戒嚴

Pinyin: jièyán

Taiwanese/Hoklo/Holo: kaegiaam/kài-giâm

Hakka (客語): gai ngiam

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How can Taiwan not be colonized ?

I didn't post any article for a long while, because I have been sick, and I have been sick of it.

But for a couple of days I have not been able to sleep well or eat well. I couldn't direct my attention to anything other than the thought that the beautiful island of Taiwan is spiraling down hill to the grave.

Forget about the economy. Ma Ying-Jeou has turned Taiwan into a slave country, a police state. The old white-terror is back.

I am particularly distressed by the fact that a group of the highest educated Taiwanese individuals (台灣教授協會,Taiwan Association of University Professors, TAUP) are making clueless moves to re-direct the energy of anti-china /anti-Ma movement, which is supposed to be a matter of life-and-death, away to an anti-legislator movement, which is about a no-where-near-any-sort-of-emergency domestic problem.

And that is carried out through an extreme way of hunger strike:
http://www.taup.org.tw/main/index.php

The more extreme the method used, the more energy will be steered away from the anti-china movement. And these highly educated Taiwanese professors do not have any wee bit sense of that ??

Pro-green supporters follow blindly, without the knowledge that they are driven away from a defense of their own future.

And what a great sacrifice a hunger strike is !! Nobody dare to point out the blunder to challenge this holly movement, except a guy who is so naive :

台灣亡國史第 X 章:馬特首暗渡「陳」倉,台教會絕食護航
(Sorry, it's in Mandarin)

The same day after the article was posted, I received an email from a member of TAUP, labeling me a spy sent by the blue/red camp to sabotage the hunger strike movement.

I tried to explain what consequences their movement will cause, and got a reply:

"When Chen Yunlin comes, there is DPP to take care of it."
(陳雲林來的話,自有民進黨的人去對抗)

Execute me, dear highly educated pro-green Taiwanese professors, defending Taiwan is none of your business?

As of now, 11/4, when Taiwan President District Head Ma Ying-jeou quenches all signs of a country in order to lick China representive's ass, it seems that the only thing TAUP cares is how to vote (check out their website).

How can we expect Taiwan not to be a colonized state ?

If we checkout human history for signs before a country falls, or before a dynasty is invaded/replaced by another, Taiwan probably has all of them.

So, guys, relax. Take a deep breath. Slowly. Calm. Calm.. Calm ... Don't fight the flow. Take in slowly, slowly ... until it stops.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

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Best Political Blog?

And the winners are...

Taiwan Matters somehow managed to win the "Best Political Blog" category in Taiwanderful's Best Taiwan Blog Awards 2008. The other blogs in the running for this category were A-gu's (阿牛) That's Impossible: Politics from Taiwan, Robert Maguire's The Only Redhead in Taiwan, and two more recent entries into the Taiwan political blogsphere: DEMO! Taiwan Democracy Movement, and Daphne and two other Taiwanese-Americans write Taiwanese Heart, Global Perspectives (台灣心、國際眼).

Thanks to David and Fili for hosting the awards. Thanks also to everybody who voted for this blog.

Best Taiwan Blog Awards 2008
Best Taiwan Blog Awards 2008

Here are the rest of the winners in all categories. Go there, and get to know many more Taiwan blogs.

Irregular scheduling
We now return you to the impending martial law. Also take a look at the "FAPA statement on recent arrests" and "Worrisome Trends in Politicizing Law Enforcement?" via Michael Turton's blog. J. Michael Cole's blog also covers this with a post titled "Young Taiwanese fear authoritarian revival." YouTube user cassidytw posted a video called "國家危機_馬娘娘的政治謊言_自我閹割" (National crisis: Empress ("wussy") Ma's political lies, self-castration).
Chiang Kai-shek, Sun Yat-sen, and Mao Zedong... dolls!
好可惡!
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