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Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Return of the mother of a son of a bitch

Updating the Shen Chih-hui farce

More details have emerged in Taiwan's English-language media regarding the arrest of an employee of People First Party (PFP) legislator Shen Chih-hui. While I updated the previous post with a link, it actually merits a whole separate post.

The main point of the relevant article appearing in today's eTaiwanNews.com is the lawsuit being filed against the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for "defamation" as a result of charges by KMT spokesman Lin Fong-cheng that the DPP was involved in inciting the violence which occurred at opposition protests in front of the Presidential Office this past Saturday night.

The kicker, however, is that PFP legislator Shen Chih-hui's own "aide and driver" was arrested for "being one of a crowd of people attacking the riot police" during the protests "despite telling police he was [Shen's] aide." [Emphasis mine] Shen wants a "public apology from the city's police chief" and wants Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou (KMT) to "punish the law enforcement officer responsible for the alleged wrongful arrest."

(How dare the police uphold the law or defend themselves when the offending parties work for the PFP!)

Another important point: Shen, it just so happens, was one of the PFP legislators telling people to "Charge!" when the riot police were attempting to disperse protesters after their permit expired.

A short time afterwards, I saw Shen on TV with tears streaming down her face -- in startling contrast to the kamikaze role she had been acting out moments earlier -- saying that she had been injured by police, boo-hoo. She apparently checked herself into the hospital at some point that night for "a battery of tests," which according to the article, "revealed Shen was unharmed." [Emphasis mine]

To review: the pan-blues started the riot, they were caught doing it, they cried when the police didn't budge, they blamed the DPP for the mess they made, and they wasted valuable hospital resources when (according to the latest figures) "140 people, including 86 police and 14 journalists, were [really] injured," many of whom required real treatment.

Doesn't that sound a little too much like the behavior of a 3-year-old for someone to actually be an elected official?
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