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Interior minister: Police to judge protesters’ actions case by case

2018-03-14
  • Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong

    Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong

    Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong appears in this CNA file photo.

Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong says that police will take a case-by-case approach when it comes to deciding whether protesters have broken the law.

 

Yeh was speaking at the legislature on Wednesday amid concerns about a Taiwan High Court ruling, which found 22 protesters not guilty of obstructing official business. The protesters were part of the Sunflower Student Movement, which occupied the legislature for nearly a month in March and April, 2014.

 

Yeh said that the interior ministry respects the court’s ruling. He said that the police will continue to protect citizens’ rights to free speech and freedom of assembly. However, Yeh said that unlawful behavior will not be tolerated.

 

When asked to define unlawful behavior, Yeh said that individual cases should be examined separately. He said that there is a need to protect both civil liberties and the public interest.