Pro-independence group convener ordered to pay NT$50,000 bail
Central News Agency
2014-04-30 10:30 PM
Taipei, April 30 (CNA) The Taipei District Prosecutors Office on Wednesday questioned the convener of a pro-Taiwan independence group, who was arrested during a street protest, and ordered him to pay bail of NT$50,000 (US$1,656). Tsai Ting-kui, convener of the Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan, mobilized a large group of people to protest in front of the Legislature on Tuesday, demanding that lawmakers pass a resolution to halt construction of the controversial fourth nuclear power plant as soon as possible. The protesters blocked the entrance to the Legislature compound, allowing vehicles only to go in but not out. Police said Tsai passed out while he was blocking lawmakers' vehicles and after he regained consciousness, he kicked several policemen. Tsai was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment. After he was treated at National Taiwan University Hospital, he was questioned by police in connection with obstruction of official duties and freedom and was turned over to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office Wednesday. Eight of nine other people who were also arrested during the incident were released on bail ranging from NT$10,000 and NT$80,000, while one was restricted to his residence. Tsai's action of blocking the Legislature's entrance led lawmaker Hsiao Bi-khim of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party to question, "Is this kind of behavior to restrict individual freedom the democracy we want?" DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming said such types of protest will plunge social movements into difficulty and will not gain public support. Ker said a movement has to focus on "reasons" and "strength" and will lose support if it oversteps that line. Meanwhile, Acting State Prosecutor General Lin Jie-der said police chiefs and prosecutors on Wednesday discussed the recent spate of protests and decided that they will not tolerate any behavior that deliberately breaks the law or endangers social order. (By Liu Chien-pang, Liu Shih-yi, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Lilian Wu)
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