Update on arrest and interrogation of student protesters in Tainan, Taiwan
After the police arrest and interrogation of student protesters, the Tainan police told the press that those people were more likely to be local volunteers for one of the temples than gang members in black shirts (CJ: how do they know without even questioning them? Or are they all in it together, protecting ‘the Emperor’?). The police also emphasised that they arrested those students with the intention to protect them from those men in black T-shirts (CJ: Really? So in street mugging or pub violence, the police should all arrest the victims for their protection and let the offenders go. We don’t even have to worry about thorough investigations and effective prosecutions anymore).
Both of the temples Ma visited or passed by denied any association with those men in black T-shirt. Given how well trained those men were, some suspect that they might be from the police or national security system and disguise as locals.
The day after the arrest of those students, one of the students wrote on his blog that the police went to where he lived and questioned the receptionist of his building. The police asked personal questions about the student protester and what kind of relationships he had with others in the building. The police officer refused to tell the reception why she was being questioned. The police apparently increased patrol outside of his building and went to talk to the next door neighbour (pro-KMT). The receptionist later found out that the student protested in front of Ma Ying-jeou. The following morning, both the receptionist and the next door neighbour told the student NOT to protest again because there was too much hassle for the neighbours. Frank Hsieh confirmed that he has already asked a human rights lawyer (Kuo?) to help those students. Tainan City Councillor, Chiu Li-li, and DPP Tainan city director, Tsai tung-shi has been a lot of assistance to the students.