Protesters against military pension reform tried to assault journalists and police in front of the legislature and even entered and disrupted the nearby children’s hospital on Thursday. The presidential office is calling on protestors to refrain from any attacks.
Premier William Lai said that Taiwan should be proud of holding the position of having Asia’s freest press, according to Reporters Without Borders. But Lai said he condemns the aggressive attacks during the protests. He is calling on the National Police Agency and Ministry of Justice to look into the crime of assaulting police.
The Presidential Office also said that there should be no attacks or behavior that causes social unrest and panic. When asked if there were outside forces involved in the protest, Presidential Office spokesperson Huang Chung-yen said they have not come to that conclusion. But the government would speak with those affected by the pension reforms. He said that the policy is a right one and pension reforms will continue.