TIME TO RESTThe agency director-general, who has been in his position since the former KMT administration, has been asked to resign and let the Cabinet do its job
Date: Mar 07, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators yesterday criticized the National Police
Agency for what they called its failure to enforce protest regulations, which has given rise to organized crime and conflict between the public and police.
Hong Kong democracy campaigner Joshua Wong’s (黃之鋒) visit to Taiwan in January was marked by violent protests allegedly organized by criminal groups, while a peaceful demonstration last week commemorating the 228 Incident in Taipei was disrupted by alleged gang members, DPP Legislator Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政) said.
“The agency’s failure to prevent violence could threaten freedom of speech and freedom of association, the most important values of a democracy,” Lo said.
“Tolerance of different opinions is valuable in Taiwan, but peace is the underlying principle. It is unacceptable that violence was used on those with differing opinions. We demand that the agency take a tougher stance on protest regulations and criminal activities camouflaged as protests,” Lo said. [FULL STORY]