Prosecutors drop charges in flag defamation case

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 18, 2015
By: Hsieh Chun-lin and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Citing insufficient evidence, the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday said it has dropped charges of theft, damaging and insulting the national flag against four individuals who were accused of having destroyed 74 national flags along Aiguo W Road in Taipei on Double Ten National Day last year.

According to a prosecutors’ investigation, Chou Shih-lun (周世倫), known for directing a documentary on the Sunflower movement, Hsiao Chang-chan (蕭長展), a member of The Village Armed Youths band, and two other individuals — surnamed Hu (胡) and Lu (呂) — allegedly launched an “art event” on Oct. 9 last year to raise public awareness on the restrictions the national flag faced at international events.

Police were later informed that 74 flags along Aigwo W Road between Boai Road and Zhonghua Road Sec 1 had been slashed or damaged about 2am on Oct 9.     [FULL  STORY]

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