At an age when political activism is generally shunned among university students around the world, it is encouraging to see how in Taiwan students have chosen to make their voices heard at a time critical to the political future of their homeland. I am referring to the Wild Strawberries Student Movement started by a group of students in Taiwan. They are protesting against what they consider as government suppression of civil rights during the visit of a delegation from the PRC.
David on Formosa has written a very good post about this movement with links to other relevant websites.
Far-Eastern Sweet Potato has an eyewitness account of events leading up to the clash between police and protesters on 6 November.
Of course not everyone in Taiwan agrees with this group of students. Someone has just started a website to rally support against the Wild Strawberries Student Movement. They have accused the Movement of being biased and of making false claims about its political non-affiliation. I am not familiar with Taiwan’s domestic politics. So I am not able to determine who is telling the truth and who is lying. However, I am glad to see that people of different political interests in Taiwan are still allowed a platform to express their opinions. This is a sign that democracy is alive and kicking there.
Many historical events in 20th century China were inseparable from student movements. The May Fourth Movement and the Tiananmen Square Incident were just two of the best examples. What is the future of democracy in Taiwan? Will the Strawberry Generation in Taiwan be able to make a difference? I don’t know. Only time will tell. But in any case, I am dedicating this song to everyone who is a part of this Wild Strawberries Student Movement. Good luck and God be with you.