NOT AN ACCIDENT:Negligent police officers who allowed protesters to break through a barricade would be punished, as well as people who attacked police, an official said
Date: Aug 21, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
Premier Lin Chuan (林全) yesterday vowed to tighten law enforcement after protesters blocked foreign athletes from participating in a parade during the opening ceremony of the Summer Universiade in Taipei on Saturday.
Lin ordered the National Police Agency (NPA) to implement security measures with an “iron fist” and detain anyone who poses a threat to athletes or spectators.
Police will also confiscate air horns used by protesters if the noise disrupts the Games, Lin said.
People opposed to President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) pension reform policies blocked athletes from entering the Taipei Municipal Stadium where she was scheduled to welcome the participants.
“The Universiade is a major event for Taiwan and I am proud of it. However, I regretted that athletes were obstructed from entering the stadium and I strongly condemn the violence. I have ordered authorities to investigate illegal activities and increased security measures will be carried out to protect the athletes and audience to ensure the Games proceed smoothly,” Lin said. [FULL STORY]