Cabinet to review police dispersal of protesters
Central News Agency
2014-03-26 11:39 PM
Taipei, March 26 (CNA) Facing public criticism over their allegedly bloody dispersal of protesters who tried to occupy a government building on March 23, the authorities have undertaken a review to determine whether the police response was appropriate. A report of the review will be publicized in the near future, said Cabinet Secretary General Lee Shih-chuan at a legislative hearing, which was also attended by Interior Minister Chen Wei-jen and National Police Agency (NPA) Director General Wang Cho-chiun. At the hearing, opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers asked the officials if the actions police took to deal with the protesters were "violent." Admitting there was room for improvement when taking such actions, Chen said he approved the police's move to restore order at the Executive Yuan, allowing administrative operations to proceed smoothly. Speaking of the injuries that occurred during the incident, Chen said there is a reason behind each injury. "If it's the police's use of excessive force, we should review that part." Meanwhile, showing several photos featuring police officers who were attacked by protesters during the police action, Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun charged that some people and media outlets purposely described the action of protecting government property as a "bloody crackdown." At a press conference, Sun said the pictures show images of protesters attacking police officers with blankets and water bottles. "They were not always seated on the ground, chanting slogans," he said, expressing hope that people will not smear the government. According to NPA statistics released Monday, a total of 174 people, including 119 police officers, were injured as thousands of law enforcement personnel removed at least several hundred protesters from the Executive Yuan overnight. (By Claudia Liu and Elizabeth Hsu)
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