While many around the world are celebrating Obama’s victory as America’s next president, lots of audience in Taiwan are witnessing bloody conflicts between protesters and police. What for? They want to emphasize and reiterate sovereignty in front of envoy from China. Taiwan and China always involve so many complicated issues, mixed with nationalism, economic interests and political manipulation that some people think no solutions are possible.
Many bloggers have reported numerous violent incidents during the past few days. Two posts have been published on Global Voices so far highlighting rude and unacceptable behaviors from police. I won’t provide links as I think it is a shame. People are keen to defend freedom of speech and other basic human rights. Many civilians and police are hurt during clashes.
Protests to China are quite common around the world, for Tibet, for human right abuses, for Tiananmen, etc. We should always protect and recognize people’s rights to get on streets and voice their concepts, ideals and ideology. This protest, however, has totally lost its legitimacy and become ridiculous farce in the late night of November 5, when protesters besieged, verbally insulted and attacked journalists and anchors from CCTV, China.
Clips have been uploaded by others on YouTube. I won’t embed the footage as I think it is a shame. No matter what differences people have on both sides, attacking jounalists is always a shame. Lots of bloggers have criticized the government in Taiwan acts like an authoritarian and barbarian because it oppresses protesters in violent and brutal ways. How would others criticize people in Taiwan when they see protesters attacking journalists with their fists?
PipperL writes a post titled “I no long say this is a free and democratic country“[zh], criticizing the police. I agree with this sentence. People in a free and democratic country will not attack journalists, no matter where they are from.