Police arrest and interrogation of non-violent protesters but NOT their violent attackers
The KMT government is pushing for an amendment of the law which will allow Chinese students to study and seek employments after obtaining qualifications in Taiwan. Five Taiwanese students protested against this outside the temple Ma Ying-jeou was visiting in Tainan. Within seconds, they were violently attacked by several men in black t-shirts and a vest with the temple’s name printed on it. Those men looked well trained physically and there are doubts on whether they really belong to the temple. From the clip, we can hear a man shouting ‘Stop hitting him!’ and some women crying. After it was broken up, a woman shouted ‘the American sells out Taiwan (i.e. Ma. Some believe that Ma still has permanent residence of USA and some suspect that the reason why he couldn’t show any official confirmation that his permanent residence is really expired or invalid is that he actually is a US citizen).
Apparently, the police arrested those students but none of those who attacked the students. It is amazing that those attackers could escape with the level of police and national security protection around Ma Ying-jeou. Those students were taken into a precinct and interrogated. The police wouldn’t let them go and Tainan City Councillor, Chiu Li-li found out that the Head of National Security was expecting ‘information’ and Investigation Bureau also sent an officer to the precinct.
The police told Tainan City Councillor, Wang Ding-yu, that they were simply taking a record for those students in case they wanted to press charges against their attackers even though the students already said they didn’t want to press charges. The interesting thing is that the questions the police posed to the students were:
How many of you are there?
Do you belong to any organisation?
What’s the name of your organisation?
Where did you hold the meeting, preparing for this protest?
How did you organise and prepare for this protest?
Where did you meet up before setting off to the temple?
What tools or instruments did you prepare?
Was there anyone who teaches or advices on your activity?
How do you keep in contact with each other?
Seriously, do the above questions look like they were helping the students keep a record in the event of bringing charges against their attackers?