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32 people arrested in protest against military pension reform

2018/04/25 19:43:10

Taipei, April 25 (CNA) Police arrested 32 people in Taipei on Wednesday for disorderly conduct during a protest against the government's planned military pension reform.

The protesters from the veterans group "800 Warriors" had gathered peacefully in the morning outside the Legislature while the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee was holding a public hearing on the reform proposal.

Around 3 p.m., however, clashes with police in the area erupted as the protesters tried to tear down the police barricade to enter the Legislature building.

Some protesters threw bottles, plastic chairs and smoke bombs, which resulted in injury to several police officers and at least nine reporters.

Three police officers were rushed to an infirmary inside the Legislature after an unidentified liquid was tossed in their faces, while protesters dragged an officer from inside the building.

In response, Director-General of the National Police Agency Chen Chia-chin (陳家欽) gave an order for troublemakers to be arrested, and 32 people were subsequently detained.

The clashes continued throughout the day and some 1,000-plus police were deployed at the site as the protesters prepared to hold an overnight vigil.

The "800 Warriors" are protesting against a government reform proposal that would effectively cut military pensions by gradually reducing a preferential 18 percent interest rate on pension savings.

(By Huang Li-yun, Ku Chuan, Wang Cheng-chung, Liu Kuan-ting and Kuan-lin
Liu)
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