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Student leader to appeal fine for throwing shoe
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-11 03:52 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Student leader Chen Wei-ting said Friday he would appeal against a fine of NT$10,000 (US$332) for throwing a shoe at Miaoli County Magistrate Liu Cheng-hung.

The incident happened in the aftermath of the demolition of four homes in Chunan’s Dapu neighborhood by the county government last summer in order to make way for a science park.

One of the four home owners, Chang Sen-wen, was found dead in an irrigation creek near his home in September. When Liu went to visit the relatives to offer his condolences, Chen lied in wait and threw a shoe which hit the local politician on the head.

The Miaoli District Court found the student leader guilty Friday of deliberate humiliation and fined him, while also ordering the impounding of the shoe he threw at Liu.

Six other activists were reportedly found not guilty of charges related to illegal assembly, the throwing of eggs at the county government building and injuring police officers during a rally in support of the Dapu home owners last year.

Chen said he found the fine unacceptable and would ask his attorney to appeal Friday’s verdict.

The Miaoli County Government said it would first study the court verdict before it would make a decision to pursue further legal action.

After gaining prominence with his actions on behalf of the Dapu home owners, Chen also emerged as one of the leaders of the occupation of the Legislative Yuan last spring. Students and other activists entered the legislative compound on March 18 in a protest against attempts by the ruling Kuomintang to force through the trade-in-services pact with China without a proper review.

The activists stayed at the Legislature until April 10, while in the meantime massive protests took place elsewhere to support their cause. The Sunflower Movement turned student leaders like Chen and Lin Fei-fan into household names.

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