Ma Ying-jeou Moves in to Suppress Wild Strawberries and Tibet Supporters

wild-strawberryThis is just another evidence to show how the Ma Ying-jeou Administration in Taiwan is fast receding to the Fascist heritage of the Chinese Nationalist Party, or otherwise known as the Kuomintang 国民党.

At 4.00am yesterday morning, a few hours after Ma made his emotional International Human Rights Day speech hailing Taiwan as a country where its citizens owned the freedom of assembly, hundreds of Taipei police moved into the Liberty Square to evict members of the Wild Strawberries Student Movement and another group of Tibet supporters.  Taiwan News reports on 11 December 2008:

The Wild Strawberries Movement began on Nov. 6 during the period of Taiwan visit made by Chen Yunlin 陈云林, chairman of China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, asking the Parade and Assembly law be amended.  On Dec. 7, a rally was held in peace and ended the one-month movement.  Several students still stayed for the sit-in.  Since the next day, Tibetan movement supporters have staged a sit-in on the right side of the Liberty Square in protest of China’s violent acts.

At 4 am this morning, hundreds of police officers moved about a hundred Tibet supporters away and transported them to the mountainous areas of Neihu, Guandu.

The police then continued dispersing 50 remaining students at Liberty Square and took them to the National Taiwan University by police car, clearing the sit-in area at the Square.

30 students returned to the Square at 9 am, raising the poster reading “Parade and Assembly Law violates constitution, human rights are taken away.”

Some student demonstrators also accused the Ma administration of attempting to avoid the Tibetan issue in order to please the Chinese government in Beijing:

Some students heard the officers say that the police would not initiate the dispersal were it not for the Wild Strawberry Movement providing goods and materials to Tibet supporters. Feng said that Ma government may be worried about the chain reaction triggered by a series of sit-ins. The dispersal also manifests that the government tends to avoid Tibetan movement issues under the current much-relaxed cross-strait atmosphere.

When commenting on the poor timing of the Taiwan government’s action, Mike at the Far Eastern Sweet Potatoes wondered whether Ma knew all along that the state apparatus intended to end the students’ sit-in, or was he kept in the dark.  Either ways, it does not look good for Ma Ying-jeou:

If the first scenario is true, Ma’s speech on democracy and human rights was hypocritical and would feed speculation that the government is lying to the people. If, on the other hand, he was unaware of the imminent move, it would speak volumes about the compartmentalization of his government and Ma’s leadership abilities. It’s hard to decide which alternative is worst – a lying president or one who is kept in the dark by his subordinates or the various factions within the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

Either way, last night’s move is sure to inflame the opposition and will likely bring the still disparate and generally disorganized anti-Ma/China factions, which includes pan-green political parties, the WSSM, pro-Tibetans and others, closer together.

Ma Ying-jeou’s International Human Rights Day speech is accessible here at this link.  The official website of the Wild Strawberries Movement has the most up-to-date information recorded from the student activists’ perspective.

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3 Responses to Ma Ying-jeou Moves in to Suppress Wild Strawberries and Tibet Supporters

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  2. justrecently says:

    Inheriting the desks of old political parties means inheriting a lot of old files… And Ma seems to have no political agenda of his own, except for economic engineering. It’s a democratically-elected party (KMT) with few politically innovative concepts leaning on a dictatorship (CCP)with no great political ideas either.
    President Ma’s chances for re-election depend on the economy. I guess his options for political manipulation or repression are limited – those would alienate traditional allies like America or Japan.

  3. C.A. Yeung says:

    I’m not suggesting that Ma has a political agenda of his own. I’m not even insinuating that he is incompetent. I’m just questioning his judgement, as well as his ability to read the situation well enough to make informative decisions on some matters, particularly those to do with cross-strait relationship. Alienating traditional allies may not always be a bad thing. But alienating his own countrymen, including some from his own party, is quite another story. As Mike in Taipei said, the timing of his recent actions may indicate that he has received some very ill advices.

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