Protests meet Tsai in Taipei, Pingtung

PUSHING AND SHOVING:In Pingtung, where Tsai was attending a concert,

Taipei Times
Date: May 29, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

A demonstration by former highway toll collectors confronted President

A team competes in the Taipei Dragon Boat Festival on the Keelung River near Dajia Riverside Park yesterday. PHOTO: Chiang Ying-ying, AP

Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday as she attended the Taipei Dragon Boat Festival, while later in the day in Pingtung, she was met by a protest against the government’s pension reform proposals.

In the morning, Tsai briefly visited the Dajia Riverside Park in Taipei’s Zhongshan District (中山) to cheer for a dragon boat crew representing the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), but her visit was marred by the demonstration by former toll collectors, who police kept at a distance from the president.

Protesters demanded that Tsai honor an agreement between the government and the former toll collectors made on Aug. 16 last year, which promised them NT$580 million (US$19.26 million at the current exchange rate) in unemployment compensation by Jan. 15 this year.

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