Violence not tolerated in any democratic society: King
Central News Agency
2014-03-20 11:29 PM
Washington, March 20 (CNA) The outgoing top Taiwan envoy to the United States said Thursday that violence is not accepted in any democratic society, commenting on Taiwanese students' take over of parliament this week. King, before his departure for home, was asked to comment on the seizure since late Tuesday of Taiwan's legislative chamber by students protesting against a cross-strait service trade agreement. He said any democratic society with rule of law like the U.S. will not tolerate any person, in any capacity, using forcible or violent ways to occupy parliament and randomly ruin public assets. A democratic society will definitely not tolerate violence, not to mention "protect" or even "incite" it. King said some media have been intentionally "beautifying or praising" the actions of the protesters. But he did not identify the media outlets he referred to. King, who was named Taiwan's representative to the U.S. in September 2012, will take up his new post as President Ma Ying-jeou's top national security adviser -- secretary general of the National Security Council -- on March 25. (By tony Liao & Bear Lee)
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