TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Tens of thousands of Taiwanese gathered in downtown Taipei on Saturday, August 3, to protest the death of a 24-year old soldierHung Chung-chiu confined to a brig as punishment for bringing an unauthorised cellphone onto his base.
On Sina weibo, the Chinese microblog, netizens in mainland China are also discussing the large-scale demonstration in Taiwan.
@Lin Ping in Japan
A soldier under disciplinary punishment died due to sweltering heat in confinement. The military authority apologies to the public endlessly, many high-ranking officers were dismissed off their positions, and responsible officer and soldier knelt down in public and with possible life sentence of imprisonment, state compensation could be more than 20,000,000 Chinese Yuan. However, people still do not forgive the wrong-doing and launch the demonstration. This is Taiwan, of the same ethnicity with us. One is treated wrongly; the whole nation has no dignity. Civil society is achieved by fighting for it, but not kneeling.
@Photographer Wang Lin
Compared to Taiwan, the melon-peddler’s miserable death, was only fought by his families, many people were just standbys. When disaster falls upon them, they have to kneel down and beg for mercy. How long we need to wait to wake up the citizen consciousness in this land?
Human Rights: In Taiwan, one soldier died, 200,000 went to street. The President apologizes, and the Minister of Defense requested for resignation, and all levels of officers were criticized. This is human right, to respect life and dignity. If this is what you call chaos, then let this chaos come more violently. Two systems, one nation, why their life is so valuable, and dignity so high? And our people live in humiliation?
@Lawyer Wang Chaoyi
Nobody resigned for the great fire in Liangning, nobody resigned for the death of a melon peddler in Hunan, nobody resigned for Yunnan explosion; the Minister of Defense requested for resignation for the death of one soldier. This is “one country two systems”.
@He Bing: It reminds me of the dead melon peddler.
Taiwan: 200,000 participants, wearing white tops , sit on street in front of the presidential office in Taipei city, supporting Hong family to demand truth from the government. A soldier died unexpectedly, Ma Yingjiu (the president of Taiwan) personally apologized to his family, grant honor medal and make compensation. However, the public still do not forgive. They believe that today if a child of other family get mistreated, tomorrow, their children will encounter it too. ─ This is what we need to be a citizen.