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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

KMT is the party of violence

Fact vs. fiction

KMT shoots DPP, DPP throws pebble, KMT cries 'Party of violence'
KMT shoots DPP, DPP throws pebble, KMT cries 'Party of violence'
(Taipei Times editorial cartoon, click for original page)

If it weren't so serious, it would be laughable that someone from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) -- the party responsible for the 228 Massacre of 1947, the Kaohsiung Incident of 1979, four decades of martial law and White Terror on both sides of the Taiwan Strait (resulting in the deaths of millions, yet party members still venerate Chiang Kai-shek [蔣介石]), rioting and crashing campaign trucks into courthouse gates and breaking into Central Election Commission headquarters when they lose elections, and so much more -- is calling the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) a "party of violence" (暴力政黨), but that's exactly what they've done yet again.

Before I get to this latest instance, take a look at just a sampling of the behavior of the KMT, and try to keep in mind that they're accusing the other party of being "violent":

2:04 YouTube video: "換掉"
Loose translation: Time for change

On Wednesday, April 22, 2009, female DPP legislator Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩) slapped KMT legislator Lee Ching-hua (李慶華) in the face after he provokingly called her a "shrew" (pōfù, 潑婦) in the legislature at least 11 times. Lee also accused Chiu of "lacking a proper upbringing" (沒家教).

2:42 YouTube video: "美國人的哥哥李慶華罵邱議瑩沒家教-民視新聞 20090422"
Translation: Lee Ching-hua, brother of American (Diane Lee), berates
Chiu Yi-ying as "lacking a proper upbringing" - FTV News, April 22, 2009

When Lee continued to insult Chiu, she went back and grabbed him by the collar, sarcastically shouting, "Just keep it up!" before she was pulled away by other legislators.

Throughout the day, Lee repeated the phrase "party of violence" over and over.

Later, the ever-redshirt-wearing Lee held a press conference along with other KMT legislators, where he repeated himself some more -- Mao Zedong-like (毛澤東) -- as if doing so would magically turn his lie into "the truth" when he said it for the hundredth time (while pointing to an anonymous quote in the blue media).

Holding up another mirror for the KMT
One of the legislators who accompanied Lee at this press conference was Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), who said (with a large dose of racist invective) that "violence is in the DPP's DNA." Ironically, while she accuses others of being violent (and the KMT frequently accuses the DPP of being "ethnically divisive"), she can be seen in this video striking two police officers:

1:00 YouTube video: "Cop-hitter Hung Hsiu-chu says "violence is in the DPP's DNA""

The footage of Hung's violence which I used in the above video was excerpted from this one:

0:40 YouTube video: "taiwan豈有此理!洪秀柱打警察未被以現行犯逮捕!"
Translation: Taiwan ridiculousness! Hung Hsiu-chu caught red-handed hitting police, not arrested!

Lee even went to the courthouse with media in tow to press the button in order to initiate a lawsuit against Chiu. It seems like a good time to remind readers of what former president of the Executive Yuan, Hsu Shui-teh (KMT), once said: "The courts belong to us." ("法院是我們家[國民黨]開的.")

Party of violence, indeed! The KMT most certainly and demonstrably is a party of violence!

And, by the way, self-defense is not violence.

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Cross-posted at Taiwan Matters!

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