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EDITORIAL: An exercise in wasting time

EDITORIAL: An exercise in wasting time

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009, Page 8

For civic groups that long hoped for an overhaul of the Assembly and Parade Act (集會遊行法), the amendment expected to pass soon is disheartening. It fails to resolve the problems with the law that prompted calls for an amendment in the first place.

From President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) perspective, however, it is the fulfillment of one of his campaign promises. The version of the amendment that is likely to pass — possibly this week — was proposed by the Cabinet.

Activists pan changes to Assembly and Parade Act

Activists pan changes to Assembly and Parade Act

By Shelley Huang
STAFF REPORTER
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009, Page 2

Civic groups yesterday slammed the government over a proposed amendment to the Assembly and Parade Act (集會遊行法) that would require demonstrators to notify authorities of any demonstration ahead of time, saying that it violated international conventions.

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