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Control Yuan may question premier, police chief on protester removal
Central News Agency
2014-04-02 11:19 PM
Taipei, April 2 (CNA) The Control Yuan, the highest government supervisory body, could question Premier Jiang Yi-huah over the police crackdown on student-led protesters who broke into the Executive Yuan compound on March 23. Control Yuan member Chien Lin Hui-chun said she has applied for a probe into the matter amid public misgivings that the eviction operation was "disproportionate." Over 2,000 people have endorsed a petition by Tuesday for the Control Yuan to look into allegations that police had used enforcement methods that were not appropriate for the severity of protesters' offenses. The petition calls for the impeachment of Jiang and National Police Agency Director-General Wang Cho-chiun. Chien Lin said she believes the matter requires further investigation, but she has not ruled out the possibility of questioning both Jiang and Wang. Protesters stormed the Executive Yuan, the headquarters of the Cabinet, on the evening of March 23, but were removed by thousands of police in riot gear before dawn the following day. High-pressure water cannons were used on protesters who refused to leave. According to official figures, 174 were injured during the removal operation, including 119 police officers. (By Sophia Yeh and Lilian Wu)
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