Violence mars another public hearing

The China Post
Date: January 9, 2017
By: Stephanie Chao

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Physical altercations erupted outside the third regional public hearing on pension

Hundreds of protesters gather outside the venue of a regional pension reform public hearing in Kaohsiung, Sunday, Jan. 8. Sporadic scuffles broke out between protesters and police for the second straight day on Sunday, following a clash in Taichung. (CNA)

reforms Sunday in Kaohsiung, where over a thousand police were stationed to keep demonstrators at bay.

A day after chaos broke outside Taichung’s public hearing on Saturday, Kaohsiung police shut down streets, set up roadblocks and stood guard outside the third regional meeting as a precaution.

Around 2 p.m., when the public hearing was scheduled to begin, hundreds of labor group protesters brandished banners and marched toward the police stationed outside the venue.

Shouting “We want to attend the meeting,” the demonstrators attempted to break through the wall of police but were blocked from entering despite waves of physical conflict.

Several of the demonstrators leading the charge on the front line were holding invitations to the public hearing in their hands, local media reported.    [FULL  STORY]

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