Ridiculous Farce

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.

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7 responses to “Ridiculous Farce

  1. I did not there was so much tension at the moment in Taiwan. I wa sunder the impression that the “new” administration was favoring a normalized relation with China. Is that the reason why there are protesters ? Sorry for sounding ignorant here, I have been able to keep up.

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  3. The problem is that while the gov wants “normalized” relations with China, many Taiwanese have reservations. Of course many want normalized relations, but gradual. With the pace that the new gov is moving combined with some of the actions like replacing the Taiwanese flag with the Chinese flag to not offend the Chinese while Chen Yunlin (some important Chinese official) is in Taiwan.
    It’s really a vicious cycle. People seriously freak out and protest, which causes the police to take action. While the actions of the protesters might be extreme, the desire to remain autonomous is not. Most people don’t want to be with China, they wanted normalized relations. The gov, on the other hand, is moving far too fast and taking some extreme actions. The impression that is given is that, the gov isn’t aiming for just normalized relations, they want to be a district of China. It’s all very confusing.

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  5. It would be better if we refrained from blaming people for attacking journalists until we figured out whether it was protesters or gangsters operating to discredit the protesters, as so often happens.

    Michael

  6. It would be even better if people can eliminate any chances for possible protesters/gangsters to take advantage of. Many protest organizers always say attackers are gangsters, not protesters, as if these two roles never coexist. If gangsters can express their demands peacefully, why can’t they be protesters? If protesters behave violently and irrationally, do they act just like gangsters?

    Since we cannot accuse people are gangsters without evidences (as being gangsters may be a crime), since we haven’t figured out whether there are two crowds of people (protesters and gangsters) or not, right now they are all protesters.

    Anyway, will any organizers admit that gangsters are their supporters? Will anyone admit they are gangsters in order to be arrested immediately?

    In the end, no one will believe the others’ claims and blame the others’ faults until the next protest happens. Excuse me if this sounds cynical, but it often ends up like that.

  7. It should be simple in a rule of law country such as Taiwan:

    Individual Violence: prosecuted by criminal law

    State Violence: restricted by the constitution

    I personally do believe that when some unnecessary hatred towards Chinese are exercised, unnecessary state violence is acted as well. To deal with the former, it takes a cold head. To deal with the later, it takes collective action.

    I do not think the below links that I provide are only pro-DPP or something. I happen to believe that this time state action is too much, according to the ROC constitution.

    大家可以上網連署,「抗議馬政府向中國人權低標看齊」發起團體:台灣人權促進 會、民間司法改革基金會
    http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pQ_fAjbY0ryb_9wXF5oKxXg
    個人聯署表  
    http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pQ_fAjbY0ryb_9wXF5oKxXg

    While all those who use violence during protest should be charged with corresponding laws, it is imperative that the law enforcement abide by the constitutions rather than superior’s order.

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