KMT proposes bill against ethnic discrimination

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-06-17
By: Central News Agency

Taipei, June 17 (CNA) The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) proposed a draft bill against ethnic discrimination Friday amid controversy over a series of amateur videos showing a woman using abusive language against mainland Chinese veterans who fled to Taiwan from China during the retreat of the Nationalist government seven decades ago.

The proposed draft said that ethnic groups that use insulting words against other groups, or groups of different political stances, have created polarization and confrontation among different groups, seriously affecting national solidarity and social progress.The KMT proposed the draft bill in what it says is an effort to promote ethnic harmony, increase protection for underprivileged ethnic groups and carry out the spirit of promoting ethnic equality.

The proposal passed the first reading in the Legislature Friday and will now be sent to the Internal Administration Committee. The draft bill came after a recent incident in which self-styled “citizen journalist” Hung Su-chu called an elderly man at a Kaohsiung park early this month a “Chinese refugee eating the bones of the Taiwanese people,” and telling him to “scram back.”     [FULL  STORY]

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