By: Lance Yau and Angela Huang
Taipei, August 10 (CNA) Taipower technicians were attacked in two separate incidents
on Sunday in Chiayi County and Yunlin County, as individuals dissatisfied with the state of blackout repairs vented their frustrations against Taipower personnel.
Both areas saw severe electrical blackouts in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor, which battered Taiwan Saturday.
In Yunlin County in central Taiwan, two Taipower engineers were injured by a group of stick-wielding men, who also damaged their repair vehicles in the process.
The repairmen, surnamed Zhang and Chen, were carrying out electrical repairs near a school in the afternoon when a car with three men approached. According to Zhang and Chen’s accounts, they asked “Why are the blackouts taking so long to fix?” before indiscriminately attacking them.
After the attackers sped away, the two engineers continued the second leg of repairs only to be beaten again, this time by up to six young men. [FULL STORY]