Police moving to arrest protesters damaging government properties
Central News Agency
2014-03-23 11:06 PM
Taipei, March 23 (CNA) The National Police Agency has instructed police officers to arrest anyone who obstructs them from performing public duty and damages public properties after protesters breaking into the Executive Yuan's main building. Offenders will be arrested on site, the agency said Sunday, noting that measures have been taken to mobilize police forces from other cities and counties to the Executive Yuan. Hours earlier, protesters opposed to the trade-in-services agreement with China used bed sheets to cover barbed wire barriers around the Executive Yuan compound, and climbed over the barriers to enter the compound, with many managing to break into the main building. Scuffles erupted as more protesters tried to storm into the Executive Yuan but were stopped by policemen guarding the building, leading to injuries of at least 10 people including police. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin denounced violence and inappropriate behaviors in violation of social order. He has instructed police to take every necessary means to restore order, he said. Meanwhile, police authorities deployed anti-riot police forces at the Executive Yuan in preparations to evict the intruders. (By Liu Chien-pan and Elizabeth Hsu)
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