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KMT youth rally to support police draws major politicians
Central News Agency
2014-05-04 06:04 PM
Taipei, May 4 (CNA) The ruling Kuomintang's (KMT) Youth League held a rally in Taipei Sunday to show support for police's law enforcement Sunday morning, a response to the tense Sunflower Movement protests that kept officers busy through March and April. Demonstrators marched to the National Police Agency (NPA) around 10 a.m., when NPA Deputy Director-General Her Hai-min met them to receive flowers they carried. About 1,500 people took part in the march, according to the Taipei City Police Department. The deputy police chief told reporters that law enforcement authorities respect freedom of speech, but it should be practiced in a lawful manner. Police stand for law and order, he said, and will firmly enforce the law. He said that police actions to remove protesters have been "misunderstood" by some as state violence, but he insisted that the acts were part of enforcing the law. Sean Lien, KMT candidate for Taipei mayor, joined the Youth League in the rally to express appreciation to the police officers who have spent days and nights on duty to contain what he called protests that went beyond the boundaries of rational demonstrations. Asked whether he would support police in similar circumstances if elected in November, Lien said that upholding the law is the most important principle for a city administration. If demonstrators act illegally, police should strictly enforce the law, he said. KMT lawmaker Tsai Cheng-yuan, one of three ruling lawmakers targeted by recall movements launched by Sunflower supporters, was also present. Tsai blasted the protesters as a violent mob who provoked and challenged the police by using the protests as a pretext to "illegally raise funds" and burdening society. Tsai said that he does not care about the recall bids and suggested launching counter recalls for opposition lawmakers. "It would be easy to cut down some green grass in Taipei City," he said, referring to lawmakers from the 'pan green' camp that includes the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. (By Kelven Huang, Liu Chien-pang and Kuo Chung-han)
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