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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The beginnings of Martial Law 2.0

Ma will bring peace? Get the fuck outta here!

Let me say it up front, and let me say it loudly:

I can also say without much doubt that they're already pretty fucking tired of Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) administration.

The blue and red elephants in the room
As I mentioned earlier, martial law is being reintroduced to Taiwan, and the philistine police response to protesters as well as to people simply expressing their feelings is a clear indication of this situation.

People walking in unrestricted spaces have been grabbed by police for merely carrying ROC flags or video cameras. A music store (Sunrise Records [上揚唱片]) playing patriotic Taiwanese music was shut down by police, injuring at least one person inside and damaging store property. Two women peacefully carrying ROC and Tibetan flags were arrested, at least one being injured by police in the process. The police didn't cite any laws in these cases.

DPP politicians Chuang Ruei-hsiung (莊瑞雄), Huang Hsiang-chun (黃向群), Wang Hsiao-wei (王孝維), and Liu Yao-ren (劉耀仁) were walking near the Grand Hotel (圓山大飯店). One of them was clearly pushed to the ground by police, despite the non-violent behavior of the entire group.

When four DPP city councilors from Taichung unfurled two banners from the window of a room they had booked in the Grand Hotel before the arrival of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) Chairman Chen Yunlin (陳雲林), police forced their way into the room, removed the banners, and whisked the room's occupants away to the hotel's basement.

Pro-Taiwan banners are unfurled at the Grand Hotel
Pro-Taiwan banners are unfurled at the Grand Hotel ahead of Chen Yunlin's arrival
"Get out, commie bandit Chen Yunlin" and "Taiwan is Taiwan"
(Taipei Times photo)
(Click to enlarge)

Taxis are being asked by police to leave certain areas because of the flags on their roof lights.

Ma says he didn't hand down any such orders, but whether he did or not, he didn't express any opposition to the abusive actions of the police either.

Former DPP officials are also being rounded up and "being held incommunicado and without charge."

(It's kind of hard to finish this post because I've been watching police on TV doing things like punching people in the face, knocking them down, and dragging them along the ground.)

Wednesday's Taipei Times put the number of police personnel involved in this week's events at between 7,000 and 9,000.

Could this be the "anti-secession" law (which "legislates" the arbitrary use of "non-peaceful means" against Taiwan) coming into effect, as some have suggested? Chen Yunlin said that he "saw and heard" the protesters, after all.

Is everybody awake yet? How long have I been trying to alert the world? Don't wait until the bloggers, the Talking Show (大話新聞) hosts, and all of your friends get arrested before you do something. Immediately educate everyone you know about what's going on!

When the police enforce laws that don't exist, what else should you call it but (undeclared) "martial law"? You should acquaint yourself with some of its names:
Hanzi: 戒嚴

Pinyin: jièyán

Taiwanese/Hoklo/Holo: kaegiaam/kài-giâm

Hakka (客語): gai ngiam

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Cross-posted at Taiwan Matters!

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