Clips that show police brutality and unlawful conduct between 3rd and 7th November 2008 in Taiwan
There are some clips showing police brutality and unlawful conduct towards protesters against Chen Yunlin, Ma Ying-jeou and China and some innocent passers-by between 3rd and 7th November 2008. The level of police violence has been unheard of in Taiwan for about 25 years.
· Police violently removed anti-China banners and protesters and destroyed a national flag. The police argued that it was an accident rather than a deliberate action.
· Police unlawfully entered a hotel room booked by 4 councillors to remove their banners that showed ‘Taiwan’ and ‘Chen Yunlin, get out!’ A man in black came up and pushed reporters outside of that room but left swiftly when asked who he worked for. It was reported in a magazine the National Security Bureau, which is directly under the president’s command, was involved and Ma Ying-jeou was directly behind the security measure during Chen’s visit. To date, there has been no rebuttal to this article.
· A female documentary film maker/director was harassed by the police. She demanded that her basic rights be respected but was forcefully removed by a group of police from the spot. The police demanded to see her ID and confiscated her camera without a legitimate cause let alone a warrant.
· She was taken to a police station and not allowed to speak to anyone, not even a legal representative until Taipei City Councillor, Chien Yuyen turned up to ask what was going on.
· The police forcefully demanded a record shop to stop playing ‘Song of Taiwan’.
The police chief in the area got involved himself. When questioned in the City Council, he argued that the music was so loud that he had to intervene (which was a lie because noise pollution is certainly not in police jurisdiction) and yelled at the Councillor that he would do exactly the same if it happens again.
· Police used force on unarmed civilians. A woman kept yelling ‘Stop pushing!’ Someone else yelled ‘police attacked me. Help!’ A woman then asked why the police attacked her.
· A large group of armed police attacked unarmed young females.
· Long time pro-democracy activist and political caricaturist, Yufu, called on the police to protect rather than attack Taiwanese.
· Heavy police presence at the Grand Hotel: 15 customers in the company of 80 uniformed and non-uniformed police officers. When a female customer complained with a raised voice, a man threatened to throw her out if she carried on as she was putting off ‘other customers’. She asked ‘What other customers?’ ‘Are there real customers other than us? Are you talking about the 80 fake customers?’ The man was silent afterwards.
· A group of police beat up an unarmed female
· Police provoked, harassed and beat up protesters and passers-by. This clip has English interpretations. They blocked media and cameras while they were beating people up.
· This clip shows how the police drive away protesters outside the Grand Hotel.
· The police told a female supporter/passer-by to stop taking photographs and threatened to arrest her if she didn’t.
· More police violence