Wu blames government over violence

REFORM:The former vice president and KMT chairperson candidate said he hoped the government would listen to public opinion and promote a fair and just pension system

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 21, 2017
By: Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNA

Former vice president Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) yesterday accused the government of

Speaking at a public event in Taipei yesterday, former vice president Wu Den-yih, who is a candidate in the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairperson election, questions the government’s handling of Wednesday’s protest against pension reform outside the legislature. Photo: CNA

treating pension reform protesters like the “enemy” with its “walls of barricades” around the Legislative Yuan, and triggering a violent reaction among demonstrators.

Speaking at a forum organized by Aboriginal supporters in Taipei, Wu, who is running for Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairperson, said that the KMT did not want to see retirees take to the streets in protest, but understood that the protesters felt that their survival depended on it.

“It is not good to have the government resort to barbed wire and barricades, treating retired public servants, military personnel and teachers as if they were the enemy. That equipment only stirred up protesters’ emotions,” Wu said.

The public and the government have different views on whether the proposed pension reforms are just and fair, Wu said.    [FULL  STORY]

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