Issues of urban eviction in Kaohsiung under Chen Chu’s mayorship are back in the news, with the recent demolition of a housing complex adjacent to a fruit and vegetable market in Sanmin District in northern Kaohsiung
On August 16th, a college student was violently assaulted as he left the courtroom sentencing for torture and murder of an animal. In the chaos that ensued, a police vehicle was overturned, a bailiff suffered burns on his leg from being pressed against an exhaust pipe as the crowd of about fifty swarmed the defendant, and another bailiff had her foot run over by a car. This was in stark contrast to the civilized demonstration held by animal rights activists earlier in the morning.
After a resounding victory by Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party in Upper House elections, it would appear that the ground has been cleared for Abe to push for the reinterpretation of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution. What next, then, for the student movement opposed to constitutional reinterpretation?