By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following the beheading of a 4-year-old girl, the White Rose Social
Care Association said Tuesday it planned an event in support of the death penalty in front of the Presidential Office Building on April 10.
The brutal death of the toddler at the hands of a random attacker in Taipei City Monday has triggered a revival of the debate surrounding the existence of capital punishment in Taiwan.
The group said it hoped 10,000 people could plan to attend the April 10 rally. If each one of them donated NT$50 (US$1.5), the group said it would be able to afford to set up a stage on Ketagalan Boulevard, the scene of frequent mass protests and social events.
The White Rose movement had initially announced it would stage the rally on Saturday April 9, but it later found out another group had already applied to use the boulevard that day, forcing it to move its event to the Sunday.
The group said the random killing of a child in the street on broad daylight showed that capital punishment was still necessary. [FULL STORY]