Condemn the State Violence - Pursue Justice and Peace
After Jiang Yi-Huah and Ma Ying-Jeou failed to respond to the demands of the “318 Student Movement” some of the students and activists stormed into the Executive Yuan to express their determination to continue their effort against the “black box” Services and Trade Agreement with China. Probably angered by the actions of the students and activists, Jiang ordered the forced eviction of the protesters from inside the Executive Yuan and its surrounding complex. During the operation, the riot police used excessive force and violence against unarmed student protesters and activists.
We vigorously denounce the state violence of Ma’s government:
1. Students peacefully crossed the chevaux-de-frise and passed the police line to enter the building of the Executive Yuan without causing severe damage. They acted on the principles of love and non-violence, and organized a “sit-in” as their means of protesting.
2. The riot police employed unprecedented brutal ways to evict the protesting students. They beat the heads of the protesters with shields, sticks and dragged them away by force. The treatments to the protesters were beyond the normal standard of procedure in dealing with peaceful protest. What the police did is “state violence.”]
- 3. Jiang Yi-Huah and Ma Ying-Jeou should take full responsibility for the actions of the police that night. Disregarding the people’s voice and imitating the model of Chinese dictatorship, they acted brutally against the “sit-in” protesters in order to terrify the participants of this student movement and the public. Their ways of handling the student movement is a breach of democratic principles and human rights which has alienated the government from the people.
Besides condemning the state violence of Mr. Ma and Mr. Jiang, we pray that justice and peace will be fulfilled in Taiwan based on the principles of love and non-violence. We demand that Mr. Ma and Mr. Jiang should come forward to apologize for damage they caused to our democratic system and the state violence they employed against people. Furthermore, we demand that the Services and Trade Agreement with China should be withdrawn and the democratic system should be upheld.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those persecuted for the righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:9-10)
Press Release Issued on 24 March 2014 by:
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT)
Rev. Hsu Rong-Feng Rev. Lyim Hong-Tiong
Moderator 58th General Assembly PCT General Secretary
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(58GAPCT English translation of the Chinese original which governs)