Taipei Times: Ministry files complaint against KMT politicians

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that it has lodged a formal complaint with the police against six Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers and city councilors, saying that they injured a ministry official at a protest last week.

Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) told a news conference in Taipei that the complaint was against KMT legislators William Tseng (曾銘宗), Lin Te-fu (林德福) and Arthur Chen (陳宜民); KMT Taipei city councilors William Hsu (徐弘庭) and Chang Shi-gang (張斯綱); and KMT New Taipei City Councilor Lin Chin-chieh (林金結).

At their protest in front of the ministry’s compound on Friday last week, some of the KMT politicians twisted the arm of a ministry official, who they suspected of being a prying National Security Bureau official, even though he had told them that he works at the ministry’s Public Diplomacy Coordination Council, Ou said.

Due to the physical and mental harm inflicted on the young official, the ministry decided to ask the Taipei City Police Department’s Zhongzheng First Precinct to investigate the incident, she said.

The ministry is a government department that represents the nation abroad, not a place to campaign for elections, Ou said, reaffirming its principle of maintaining administrative neutrality.

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