By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former toll collectors who occupied a freeway in a
protest against job losses will not be charged, the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office announced Tuesday.
A total of 106 protesters will not be indicted even though they mobilized more than 100 vehicles for a freeway protest last October, reports said. Prosecutors argued that they did not pose a threat to public order because two lanes were still open to other traffic and because police were well in charge of the situation.
The former toll collectors have been conducting protests for years now against the level of their severance pay and against the failure of the authorities to help them find new jobs. Manual toll collection was replaced by an electronic system managed by an arm of the Far Eastern Group. [FULL STORY]