‘PROUD TAIWANESE’: The ruling showed that the justice system is still pervaded by the colonial mentality of the Republic of China government, Chen Yu-chang said
Date: Apr 23, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
Taiwan independence advocate Chen Yu-chang (陳俞璋) on Tuesday decried a High Court ruling that National Security Bureau (NSB) officers who confiscated his “Taiwan” flag and allegedly injured him would no longer have to pay compensation.
The High Court reversed an earlier ruling by the Taipei District Court, which ordered the NSB to pay Chen NT$100,000 for causing him mental distress when its officers forcibly confiscated a “Taiwan” flag and banner during the closing ceremony of the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade.
“I am a proud Taiwanese and it was to assert my Taiwanese identity that I displayed the banner, but it was seized by force and I also sustained injuries in the process,” Chen, a member of pro-independence group From Ethnos to Nation, said in a statement. “The court ruling showed that the justice system is still pervaded by the colonial mentality of the Republic of China government.”
“After the first ruling was appealed, the court absolved the NSB, the Taipei City Government, Taipei police and the four military officers who attacked me of all responsibility for what happened, but Taiwanese will not give up and we will ensure that justice is served, by keeping up our fight to establish Taiwan as a nation,” it said. [FULL STORY]