Taipei City Government: Prosecutors drop charges against Ko for ‘bastards’ quip

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 07, 2018
By: Hsieh Chun-lin and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday said it would not press libel charges against Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) for an online spat with anti-pension reform advocates last year.

Ko during a news event on Aug. 19 last year in response to the anti-pension reform demonstration that barred international athletes from attending the opening of the Taipei Summer Universiade called the protesters “sabotaging bastards.”

The Universiade was an important event not only for the city, but for the nation, and the protesters marred an auspicious celebration of the nation, he said at the time.

After the news conference, a woman surnamed Yang (楊) left a comment on Ko’s Facebook page asking him to explain to whom he was referring and accusing the city of lax security standards.    [FULL  STORY]

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