Aborigines protest guidelines dividing traditional lands

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 06, 2017
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

About 200 Aborigines yesterday held a demonstration on Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei to support three campaigners staging a sit-in protest against recently announced guidelines on the delineation of traditional Aboriginal territories.

The demonstrators from the Indigenous Youth Front performed traditional songs and danced for more than an hour before dispersing.

The Council of Indigenous Peoples announced the guidelines on Feb. 14, but they were opposed by Aboriginal rights groups and lawmakers, as they stipulate that private land would not be recognized as traditional Aboriginal territories.

Aboriginal folk singers and rights campaigners Nabu Husungan Istanda and Panai Kusui and documentary filmmaker Mayaw Biho started a sit-in protest in front of the Presidential Office Building on Ketagalan Boulevard on Feb. 23.    [FULL  STORY]

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