Taiwan students want right to protest freely

December 05, 2012 - 6:58:22 am



TAIPEI: Student groups in Taiwan yesterday accused the government of trying to clamp down on their freedom to protest against a planned sale that they believe will make the media more Beijing-friendly.

The students reacted angrily after the education ministry sent a notice to 37 universities expressing “concerns over the health of students” for joining street protests — despite bad weather — against Hong Kong-based Next Media’s plan to sell off its Taiwanese assets.

Hung Chung-yen, a student leader of the alliance, said: “That notice was mindful of the period when Taiwan was under martial law.”