Group pans police summons over anti-nuclear rally
By Lee I-chia / Taipei Times Staff reporter
The National Nuclear Abolition Action Platform yesterday said that several of its members had been told to report to their local police for questioning over their actions during an anti-nuclear protest on Taipei’s Zhongxiao W Road in April.
On April 27, tens of thousands people took to the streets of Taipei in an anti-nuclear parade, and occupied a section of Zhongxiao W Road later that evening. Thousands of protesters were forcefully evicted by police, aided by water cannons, the next morning.
The anti-nuclear platform said four members — Green Citizens’ Action Alliance secretary-general Tsuei Su-hsin (崔愫欣), Citizen of the Earth Taiwan’s Taipei Office director Tsai Chung-yueh (蔡中岳), Taiwan Association for Human Rights secretary-general Tsai Chi-hsun (蔡季勳) and Taiwan Referendum Alliance convener Tsay Ting-kuei (蔡丁貴) — had received summons to report to the police.
They were told they may be held accountable for violating the Assembly and Parade Act (集會遊行法), endangering public safety and other offenses.
Tsuei said the public’s right to assemble and hold a peaceful parade is protected by the Constitution and international human rights treaties, but the government, which claims to be a democratic government, has continued to use state violence, police inspections and prosecution to deprive the people of their rights.
The anti-nuclear platform said that summoning its members was an attempt by the government to purge peaceful activists and intimidate others and discourage them from participating in public demonstrations.
It urged the government to stop using such measures to scare off people who are against nuclear power.