- Posted March 23, 2014 by
Riot police attack unarmed students protesting China Pact in Taipei
March 23, 2014,
Disappointed with Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou's speech in the press conference held earlier today, hundred of unarmed students gathered in front of the Executive Yuan to protest against China Pact and to show their dissent against the government around 7:30 pm, GMT+8, in Taipei.
The protest was initially peaceful but escalated into violent clashes after the riot police officers began physically attacking the unarmed students violently with batons, shields, and tear gas at 12:17 AM, GMT +8.
The riot police officers even attacked some doctors, who were trying to provide the injured students with first aid.
As least 56 students were injured, 40 among them were severely injured. Symptoms included unconscious, bilateral wheezing, stridor, and focal seizure.
A student reported that the riot police showed no mercy to the young unarmed demonstrators, "They beat us like beating the rats."
Another student reported that the riot polices forced the reporters to leave before the police initialed the first wave of attack.
This demonstration led to 23 arrested.
Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou earlier claimed his standpoint against violence in the press conference held at 10:00 AM, GMT+8. However, the president has not made any announcement regarding the brutal suppression so far.