Date: Apr 05, 2016
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
Protesters yesterday festooned the gates and walls of the legislature in Taipei with flowers,
ribbons and paper cranes to urge the passage of harsher penalties for murderers, following the decapitation of a four-year-old girl on Monday last week.
Yellow ribbons strung with paper cranes hung from the bars of the western fence of the legislative compound, with white roses and yellow chrysanthemums tied to the top of the bars.
The cranes were folded on site from paper printed with calls for the enforcement of “punitive laws” and “severe punishment,” along with prayers for well-being.
Event organizer Kelly Chen (陳思婷) said that the event was intended as a memorial to the four-year-old girl who was decapitated in Taipei’s Neihu District (內湖) last week, while spurring legislators to enact harsher penalties for child murderers.
“Murderers deserve to be sentenced to death, but anyone who kills a defenseless child should be subject to severe punishment before the death sentence is carried out,” she said, citing “whipping” as an example. “Otherwise, people won’t care enough because they know that the worse they can expect is a painless death.” [FULL STORY]