TRA members nabbed after struggle outside Legislative Yuan
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-04-23 10:35 AM
Taiwan Referendum Alliance convener Tsai Ting-kuei and ten other TRA members were arrested by police after conflicts broke out at the group’s protest site outside the Legislative Yuan Tuesday night. Tsay and other TRA protesters launched several attempts to broach crowd-control barricades set up on Zhenjiang Street and Qingdao East Road, pushing back the barricades slightly but failing to break through police lines.

After a brief series of tussles police handcuffed a total of 11 persons shortly after midnight Wednesday morning. An estimated 300 protesters remained behind the barricades. Two of the arrested were sent to a hospital for treatment while nine were questioned by police on the first floor of the Zhongxing Building of the Legislative Yuan. Six of the group had their hands tied with plastic straps and lawyers and medical personnel were not immediately allowed to see them, apparently in violation of the Law on the Exercise of Police Powers and the Statute on the Use of Police Equipment.

The conflict started at about 10:00pm as protesters in a sit-in at the corner of Qingdao East Road and Zhenjiang Street suddenly attempts to break through barricades in order to rush into the Legislative Yuan. Police officers quickly closed up openings and led Tsay and other TRA members away, arousing the anger of the crowd. They called on police to release the protesters who had been taken into custody.

By 12:30am the number of protesters seemed to have grown somewhat, and an additional 600 police were called in to beef up defense lines.

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