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Police rejects military involvement in protest control
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-14 04:49 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Police denied reports Saturday that National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung had advised use of the military to contain protesters.

The Legislative Yuan was occupied by students in a protest against the trade-in-services pact with China from March 18 to April 10. Because a special session of the Legislature is likely to discuss the same topic between now and July 4, fears have risen that more protests would be on the way.

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Chiu Yi-ying said online she had heard that during a visit to the National Police Agency, King said that in the event of massive protests, the military could take the lead in designing a response.

The NPA denied the report, saying it was impossible for the armed forces to intervene. The handling of protests was entirely up to the police according to the provisions of the Assembly and Parade Act and other relevant legislature, the NPA said.

King and National Security Bureau chief Lee Shying-jow recently visited the NPA to listen to a report and to improve contacts between different national security organizations, the police said. At no time was there any mention by King of military involvement in responding to protests, according to the NPA.

The NSB accused the people putting the reports online of intentionally manufacturing rumors far from the truth. The nation’s top intelligence agency said King’s contacts with security organizations were mostly designed to familiarize himself with the problems encountered by the units. King was only appointed at the NSC earlier this year after serving as Taiwan’s official main representative to the United States.

He was only interested in raising the efficiency of national security work to benefit social stability and would not suggest any unconstitutional methods, the NSB said.

Another main topic of discussion at a seminar attended by national and local police chiefs was how to handle incidents like the driver who rammed the Presidential Office Building with his truck earlier this year, the NSB said.

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