October 2019

Migrant Fishermen Abuses Continue to Be Covered up Through Collaboration of Taiwanese State and Capital

On September 20th, the training ship Yu Shiun No. 2 departed Ch’ien-chen Harbor in Kaohsiung, carrying an eclectic crew of passengers, including officials with the Fisheries Agency, employees of the Overseas Fisheries Development Council of the Republic of China, and members of the Serve the People Association, the Environmental Justice Foundation, and the Yilan Migrant Fishermen Union ... Read More

Protests Take Place Across Hong Kong After Emergency Powers Invoked to Pass Mask Ban

Scenes of heated protest again took place in Hong Kong yesterday, in response to moves by the Hong Kong government to invoke emergency powers to outlaw the wearing of masks in public. A fourteen-year-old was shot in the thigh, making him the second demonstrator shot with a round of live ammunition during demonstrations to date. An abortive attempt to declare the formation of a provisional government in the MOSTown shopping mall proves a significant development, particularly since the declaration of a provisional government could potentially be used as grounds for intervention by the Chinese government... Read More

Nanfang’ao Bridge Collapse Raises Issues of Systematic Discrimination Against Migrant Workers

A section of the Nanfang’ao Bridge in Yilan County collapsed around 9:30 on Tuesday morning, injuring over twenty people and killing six migrant fishermen. Responses to the bridge collapse should call attention to the dehumanizing conditions faced by migrant workers and the situation faced by migrant workers in which situation wherein migrant fishermen are bound to their worksites even when not being paid... Read More

Losheng Residents Demand Action from Tsai Administration

Concerns have been raised regarding the reconstruction of the Losheng Sanatorium by activists, with demonstrations by residents and supportive activists earlier this month. Demonstrations to date have included attaching banners to the construction site of the sanatorium, protesting outside of the Executive Yuan, as well as protesting at the Golden Melody Awards while president Tsai Ing-wen was in attendance at the awards ceremony... Read More

Protests Mark Chinese National Day in Hong Kong, With Police Violence Escalating to New Levels

Intensive protests took place across Hong Kong today, marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, also known as Chinese National Day. Police violence took place on a scale likely unprecedented in demonstrations to date, with one protester shot with a live round, making him the first demonstrator shot with live ammunition during demonstrations in Hong Kong over the past eighteen weeks... Read More