December 2017

Thousands Demonstrate In Taichung Against Air Pollution

Several thousand demonstrated in Taichung against growing problems of air pollution in Taiwan today. According to varying estimates, between 5,000 to 9,000 were in attendance, but despite the size of the protest, the demonstration was less reported on by media due to taking place outside of Taipei. This is ironic, given that the focus of the demonstration was in many ways on problems of pollution as facing urban areas outside of Taipei, and on redistributing political power in a more even manner across Taiwan... Read More

Huang Kuo-Chang Survives Recall Vote, But What Now?

Huang Kuo-Chang has survived the recall vote organized against him by anti-gay marriage groups in his electoral district of New Taipei 12. Nevertheless, this was by the recall vote not meeting the necessary benchmark to pass, and the amount of voters who voted in favor of the recall were greater than those that voted against it. What now for the NPP, then?... Read More

Anger Over Firing Of China Airlines Union Leaders By Management

Anger has broken out from activists after punishment against China Airlines workers for participation in the China Airlines strike last year, the first strike in the history Taiwan’s airline industry. This took the form of the firing of China Airlines workers Lin Xinyi, forced transfer of Zhang Shuyuan, and Zhu Liangjun facing punishment and being made to sit down and talk with management... Read More

30,000 Protest Against Labor Law Changes In Kaohsiung, Pressure On DPP Growing

With reportedly over 30,000 taking to the streets yesterday in Kaohsiung in demonstration against planned changes according to some counts, significantly larger than any protest in Taipei to date, pressure upon the DPP regarding planned changes to the Labor Standards Act will continue, increasing the likelihood of divides within the party... Read More

Suspension Of Young Macau Lawmaker A Warning Sign For Hong Kong And Taiwan

The suspension from legislature of 26-year-old Macau lawmaker Sulu Sou, for a demonstration which crossed over into the street rather than remaining only on the sidewalk, would mark the deterioration of democracy in Macau along the lines of what has occurred in Hong Kong. This may be a warning sign for Hong Kong and Taiwan... Read More