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Violence condemned after security scare at presidential residence

2014/11/04 09:42:59

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) The Presidential Office condemned an incident early Tuesday in which a man crashed his car into a gate of the official residence of President Ma Ying-jeou.

While respecting the right of the people to express their views in a rational way, the Presidential Office condemns any form of violence, said spokeswoman Ma Wei-kuo.

No one was injured in the incident, which took place shortly after 7 a.m., and the gate was not damaged, she said.

The president was at the residence and was briefed on the incident immediately, the spokeswoman added.

The man, identified only by his surname Chen, crashed his sedan into gate No. 3, she said, adding the impact only caused a can of red paint hanging from the vehicle's front bumper to burst.

[The man arrested for attempt to crash a car into the presidential residence. CNA photo Nov. 4, 2014]

The paint was splashed but no one was injured, Ma said.

Initial questioning by the police indicated that the man wanted to air his views about the government's medical policies, she said.

According to local media reports, the president was jogging inside the residential compound and witnessed the incident. The compound was a few hundred meters away from the Presidential Office in central Taipei.

The car was stopped after one of its front tires was pierced by spikes deployed in front of the gate.

(By Liu Chien-pang and Jay Chen)

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[Locations of the Presidential Office (up) and the presidential residence]