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Friday, September 15, 2006

Su Beng has been charged for his involvement in protesting Lien Chan's April 26, 2005 trip to China

Su Beng lecturing about Taiwan's history

I can't believe things have gotten this far. I just heard that Su Beng, 88 year old lifelong independence activist and author of "Taiwan's 400 Years of History" has been charged with serving 50 days in jail for his involvement in last April's protest in the Taiwan Taoyuan airport (then known as the Chiang Kai Shek airport). Perhaps Su Beng has been charged for conspiring and organizing the taxis that followed Lien Chan's motorcade on the expressway, enroute to the airport that day. On April 26, 2005 Lien's trip to China to meet with Communist China's leaders sparked violence among protestors in the airport.

More than a year after the incident, on June 6, 2006, Su Beng appeared in court regarding the incidents related to that day.

Today the Chinese language Liberty Times newspaper reported that he received a charge of serving 50 days in prison. I don't have the complete details on Su Beng's case and current situation, but I will post more later when I get the whole story.


  • At 9/22/2006 11:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    He brought explosives into the airport?!?! Freedom of expression does not come at the expensive of public safety. Try doing that in the US and you probably get shot on the spot.

  • At 9/23/2006 3:02 AM, Blogger Feli said…

    I agree with you. For the record, he brought firecrackers to the airport. He has not been charged for this specific incident. Nor have others been charged for inciting acts of violence in the Taoyuan airport that day. The authorities have choosen to find another cause to charge Su Beng. The fact that the charge he has been given was for violating the Assembly and Parade Law- that is what is questionable.


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