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Control Yuan questions police chief
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-05-28 06:04 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Control Yuan questioned national police chief Wang Cho-chiun about the police crackdown on the March 24 occupation of the Executive Yuan, reports said Wednesday.

During the March 18-April 10 occupation of the Legislature by students opposed to the trade-in-services pact with China, a smaller group of protesters intruded into the Executive Yuan building late on March 23. The following morning, riot police armed with batons and water cannons expelled the occupiers from the Cabinet building, leading to accusations of excessive force.

Some occupiers filed an investigation request with the Control Yuan, the nation’s top government watchdog. Tuesday’s questioning of the National Police Agency chief was a direct result of the request, reports said.

Students from National Taiwan University and from Soochow University demanded the impeachment of Premier Jiang Yi-huah, Wang, and Zhongzheng First Precinct police chief Fang Yang-ning.

In addition to Wang, about ten top officers had also met Control Yuan member Chien Lin Whei-jun for questioning Tuesday, reports said. They appeared with ample evidence, including recordings, lists and forms explaining police deployment at the scene.

Wang defended the actions of the police on March 24 as a defense of law and order.

Several participants in the protests, including a lawmaker, a teacher and a dentist, complained of police brutality. The occupation of the Legislative Yuan ended peacefully on April 10 with the students leaving the chamber voluntarily, though there were still incidents the following day when police tried to remove members of the Taiwan Referendum Association from a protest at an area nearby for which they had a license. The clashes led to an overnight siege of the Zhongzheng First Precinct, whose chief Fang was blamed for the action against the TRA.

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