Wednesday, February 11, 2015

118 Sunflowers to be prosecuted

J Michael at Thinking Taiwan reports:
Following the conclusion of three major investigations, prosecutors announced on Feb. 10 that 21 people, including Lin (who is currently doing his military service) and Academia Sinica researcher Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌), will be prosecuted for their role in “318.” Despite conflicting reports, it has now been confirmed that student leader Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) was also indicted (full list here). Student leader “Dennis” Wei Yang (魏揚) and 92 others will be charged over “323,” while Hung Chung-yen (洪崇彥) and three others will face prosecution over “411.” In most cases, the charges involve “obstruction of official business.” Huang, who incidentally has spearheaded the Appendectomy Project targeting KMT Legislator Alex Tsai and others, will also be prosecuted for “incitement to commit a crime.” Prosecutors said they had yet to determine the nature of the punishments. They added that imprisonment was among the options that were being considered. And of course, gangsters like Chang An-le (張安樂) and his followers, the only people (besides the police) who actually used real violence during the crisis last spring, are being left completely alone by the prosecutors.
That pretty much sums it up. Two foreigners, the well known and longtime activist Lynn Miles, and David Smith, a Canadian photojournalist, were included among those charged, according to the TT. Cole argues that the timing of the indictments is intended to distract the public from the KMT's many problems.

Amnesty International's press release is here. I've included a Chinese translation below the READ ME line.

大家早安,昨天晚間國際特赦組織總部發出新聞稿指出台灣起訴示威者顯示警察暴力並未受到調查。去年太陽花學運時國際特赦組織總部與分會就密切觀察學運期間的集會自由的情況,中間也多次進行資料蒐集,總部並派研究員前來觀測台灣相關的人權侵犯情況。在上百人遭起訴後昨日我們發出新聞稿,開宗明義便指出 ‪#‎台灣應該撤銷針對和平示威者的起訴‬。



「政府積極起訴參與太陽花學運的學生領袖和平民行動者,對於在行政院可能侵害人權的警察及政治人物卻似乎輕易放過,沒有任何獨立調查,」國際特赦組織研究員William Nee(倪偉平)表示。



「雖然雙方都有人受傷,但國際特赦組織認為 ‪#‎那晚至少有一部分的警察過度使用武力‬,」William Nee說。





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