Taipei Times: KMT’s Chen accused of pushing officer

A group of 10 to 20 KMT lawmakers and some city councilors on Friday tried to enter the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building to demand that Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) offer an explanation for the suicide last year of Su Chii-cherng (蘇啟誠), the then-director-general of the Osaka branch of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Japan.

However, police at the main entrance blocked the KMT members and a scuffle ensued.

The footage, shared by DPP Legislator Wang Ting-yu (王定宇), appears to show KMT Legislator Arthur Chen (陳宜民) asking the policewoman what her unit is and knocking her cap off before pushing her.

KMT legislators William Tseng (曾銘宗) and Lin Te-fu (林德福) appear to physically intimidate a junior official from the ministry’s press room and repeatedly ask him whether he is a National Security Bureau agent.

The video appeares to show another ministry official being confronted by Taipei City Councilor William Hsu (徐弘庭) and New Taipei City Councilor Lin Chin-chieh (林金結).

KMT legislators Lin Yi-hua (林奕華) and Chen Yu-jen (陳玉珍) were caught in the altercation for more than an hour, during which Chen Yu-jen fainted and Lin Yi-hua sustained serious bruises, the KMT said, adding that the two sought medical treatment at National Taiwan University Hospital.

The National Police Agency’s Special Police Sixth Corps on Friday said it would bring charges against Arthur Chen for obstruction of official duty, adding that the officer is a member of the corps.

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