KMT decries barricading of legislature

‘OLIVE BRANCH‘:KMT official Hung Meng-kai said that the government should explain why it is determined to push through pension reform before the end of summer

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 19, 2017
By: Lu Yi-hsuan and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday criticized the use of barbed-wire

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers hang vegetables on a barbed-wire barrier outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday to demonstrate how sharp the barbs are. Photo: CNA

barricades outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei as protests against pension reform began, prompting security measures.

KMT caucus whip Sufin Siluko (廖國棟) told a news conference outside the Legislative Yuan that the nation claims to embrace democracy, liberty and the rule of law, but the barricades symbolically locked lawmakers in, while keeping the public out of the debate.

An all-night protest against pension reform began yesterday, while legislative review of proposals are to be held today and tomorrow.

KMT Legislator Lee Yen-hsiu (李彥秀) said that the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) claims to be willing to communicate, but talks are reserved for “insiders,” while the government is erecting barricades to keep the public out.    [FULL  STORY]

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