The China Post
Date: November 30, 2016
By: Yuan-Ming Chiao
Kuomintang (KMT) politicians and employees descended on the Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement
Committee (IGPASC) in Taipei twice on Tuesday, demanding to enter the premises before being held back by a large police contingent.
Tensions were high after party staff from seven northern localities were summoned to KMT headquarters to be briefed on the party’s downsizing plans. The KMT is suffering under the strains of a financial crisis, which it blames on government asset seizures. According to the KMT, staff at the party’s headquarters would be reduced from 134 to 80, while local chapter employees would be cut from the current 609 to 230.
Demanding their wages be returned to them, 200 employees of the opposition party, led by Taipei City Councilor Wang Hung-wei, “strolled” from KMT headquarters to the IGPASC Tuesday afternoon demanding to meet face-to-face with its convener, Wellington Ku, just minutes after their downsizing briefing.
There they were held back by three layers of police and barricades around the committee compound. [FULL STORY]