Veterans protest pension reform on memorial day

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 04, 2017
By: Chen Yu-fu / Staff reporter

Retired soldiers yesterday marked Armed Forces Day with nationwide protests against

Retired military personnel squeeze drops of their own blood onto a Republic of China flag inside Taipei Railway Station yesterday to show their resolve in opposing the government’s pension reform plans. The event was held to mark Armed Forces Day. Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

the government’s pension reform, as they commemorated soldiers who sacrificed their lives.

In Taipei, protesters congregated in the Taipei Main Station atrium.

Led by retired army general Wu Sz-huai (吳斯懷), they came from veterans associations of different military branches and were joined by former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), as well as officers from the KMT’s special Huang Fu-hsing branch, whose members are military veterans or their family members.

The protesters began by singing the Republic of China (ROC) national anthem and some pricked their finger with a needle to dab blood on an ROC flag as a gesture of determination in their fight against pension reform.    [FULL  STORY]

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