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5-17 Rally Participants Hit by Police Car

May 18, 2009

At around 7:12 PM on the evening of the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) May 17th protest rally, the news broke of an accident involving a police car hitting rally participants on Hangzhou South Road in Taipei. Two men, Chang Chung-hsiung and Hsu Jen-shan, were heavily injured and sent to the National Taiwan University Hospital for treatment. Mr. Chang is in critical condition.

The policemen involved have been sent in for questioning. Witnesses angrily stated that the police car had been traveling at a high speed, leaving rally participants with no time to maneuver out of the way. As a result, they were struck and their bodies flew into the air. The police should be held accountable for this incident.

Preliminary reports indicate that the police car belonged to the Zhongzheng First Police District and has been confiscated as evidence. Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin has gone to the scene of the accident and indicated that the incident would be closely investigated.

The following is a translated press release from the Central News Agency:

May 17, 2009, Taipei – An accident has occurred during the May 17th protest rally. Two men from Bade in Taoyuan County, aged 67 and 68, were hit by a police car at the intersection of Hangzhou South Road and Xinyi Road in Taipei. They have been sent to the National Taiwan University Hospital for treatment. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Captain Chen Hua-lung stated that the two policemen involved, Lin Chien-chi and another surnamed Liao, belonged to Taipei’s Zhongzheng First Police District. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The Taipei City Fire Department stated that of the two injured, one suffered a head injury and a broken leg. The other suffered a head injury.

The Taipei City Police Department Public Relations head Yu Yi-hsien stated that Taipei City Police Department Chief Hong Sheng-kun has gone to National Taiwan University Hospital to visit the two men.

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