Nation’s democracy under threat: Tsai

HONORING NYLON DENG: Free speech is not an abstract concept, and ‘disinformation’ from outside the nation is a challenge to the values that Taiwanese hold dear, Tsai said

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 08, 2019
By: Lin Hsin-han and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday warned of threats to the nation’s democracy

President Tsai Ing-wen stands next to a picture of democracy activist Deng Nan-jung yesterday at a ceremony commemorating Deng in Keelung.Photo: Lin Hsin-han, Taipei Times

and the importance of free speech as she attended a commemoration ceremony in Keelung for democracy advocate Deng Nan-jung (鄭南榕).

Yesterday’s ceremony, part of Freedom of Expression Day celebrations, marked the 30th anniversary of the death of the publisher, also known as Nylon Deng, by self-immolation in his Taipei office after a 71-day standoff with police, who wanted to arrest him on charges of sedition in January 1989 for publishing a draft “Taiwan Republic Constitution” in his magazine, Freedom Era Weekly.

“[China] wants to use our democracy against us. I simply cannot accept this, and I believe Taiwanese in general would not accept this,” she said.

“As president I will persevere in the fight for democracy,” she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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