‘UNBELIEVABLE’:Netizens were quick to respond to an online post about the visit, with one person likening the police action to a new version of the White Terror era
Date: Oct 09, 2016
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
Controversy over a police visit to the parents of labor rights campaigner Lu Chyi-horng (盧其宏) erupted
yesterday, with Premier Lin Chuan (林全) promising to investigate after the incident sparked widespread criticism.
The Workers Struggle Alliance, with which Lu is closely affiliated, late on Friday posted online messages that Lu said he had received from his father telling him that police had stopped by his parents’ home earlier in the day because they wanted to “understand” the cause of Lu’s “dissatisfaction” with the government.
“Be careful! The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) might be starting to take actions which will be disadvantageous to those of you who are singing a different tune,” the message said. “What can you do if they decide to take forceful actions? For your own safety, do not keep pushing things.”
The police action followed a protest outside President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) private residence on Dunhua S Road in Taipei on Wednesday, which saw Lu wield a microphone as protesters clashed with police.
Tsai earlier this week directed the DPP’s legislative caucus to prioritize passage of controversial amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法), which passed out of the legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee shortly after Wednesday’s protest. [FULL STORY]