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Protester injured in rally against military pension reform dies

2018/03/05 21:54:58

Photo taken from Miao Te-sheng's (繆德生) Facebook page.

Taipei, March 5 (CNA) A retired colonel who sustained a severe head injury in a protest on Feb. 27 against the government's plan to cut pensions for military personnel died Monday after his family agreed to take him off life support.

During the protest, 62-year-old Miao Te-sheng (繆德生) of the Blue Sky Actions Alliance was trying to climb the wall of a legislative building to raise the national flag when he fell from a height of about 5-6 meters.

Miao hit his head when he landed on the ground, and went into cardiac arrest. He was then rushed to National Taiwan University Hospital and was resuscitated there, but remained in a coma and under observation in the intensive care unit.

After several days of care, the hospital announced Monday he was brain dead, and his family decided at around 2:50 p.m. to take him off equipment that was keeping him alive.

The Veterans Affairs Council (VAC) dispatched staff members from its branches in Taipei and New Taipei to the hospital Monday to help deal with the aftermath of his death.

The council said it will continue discussions with veterans groups to safeguard the benefits and interests of retired military personnel, and also urged military veterans to watch out for their personal safety when protesting to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.

After learning of Miao's death, 800 Heroes, the group that organized the Feb. 27 protest at the Legislature, called on veterans groups and supporters in a Facebook post to keep calm and refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric while grieving the loss of Miao.

800 Heroes said it and the Blue Sky Actions Alliance will consult with Miao's family to help the family with funeral service arrangements.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan, Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao)