By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen and its 13
local leaders called on the Ministry of Education Friday not to take legal action against protesters who occupied the ministry for a short time the night before.
Police arrested 33 people, including three reporters, as they removed them from the ministry and from Minister Wu Se-hwa’s office Friday morning. The protesters opposed changes to high-school curriculum guidelines which they say had come about in an undemocratic manner and had been too pro-China.
At a news conference Friday morning, Wu announced that the ministry had no other way but to take legal action against the occupiers for entering its building illegally.
In the evening, Tsai and the DPP’s 13 city mayors and county magistrates issued a joint statement saying they did not want to see high-school students harmed any further and calling on the MOE to apologize to the public instead of suing the protesters. [FULL STORY]