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3239 Edition

March 24 - March 30, 2014

Church Ministry News

 

Thousands Of People Across Taiwan Island Voiced Their Protest Against Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement With China

 

Reported by Chen Yi-shuang / Simon Lin / Chiu Kuo-rong / Hwang Yi-lek

 

From March 20th to 23rd, thousands of young students and citizens in the four major cities from Taipei to Kaohsiung, stood out together to express their furious protest against KMT's outrageous package law-making within 30 seconds and Ma administration's opaque negotiations with China on the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA). Their four main appeals are: Re-negotiate CSSTA! Against Black Box Negotiation! Oversight Law First and Then Law-Making! Protect Taiwan's Democracy!

 

Over 5000 students and citizens, rallied on Nylon Plaza at National Cheng Kong University in the evening of March 20th, chanting "Against Black Box! Turn Down CSSTA! Re-Start Negotiation! So Powerful is Citizen United!". When the students and teachers of Tainan Theological College and Seminary(TTCS) presented their chorus singing the song, Let's connect our hands to protect our Taiwan composed by Rev. Dr. Loh I-to, Rev. Lyim Bun-tiat lead a prayer on behalf for the assembly crowd to bless Taiwan.

 

Ms. Liu Lu-na, organizer of the assembly at Nylon Plaza, expressed when the students just broke into the Congress building and occupied the meeting hall, through the Facebook community she only expected to summon about 30 people to show up and demonstrate their support in front of Tainan Railway Station. But, beyond her expectation, as floods of people thumbed up their approval and shared this assembly message, she had to urgently moved eastward to the Nylon Plaza to accommodate volumes of people.

 

Ms. Wang Jau-wen, a TTCS historian, shared her feelings in Nylon Plaza and said she was both encouraged by the brave action of the students and felt frustrated by our bumbler President and inefficient congress. "Why CSSTA would come like a thief in stealth?", questioned Wang. She urged more young people to stand up against the black box CSSTA, as this bill is very critical to the future of Taiwan.

 

As a matter of fact, lots of students took part into this crowd assembly at Nylon Plaza from different colleges, universities and high schools, including National Cheng Kong University, Tainan First Senior High School, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy & Science, Tainan University of Technology, Chang Jung Girls' Senior High School, National Pingtung University of Education and etc.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Protesting students and citizens, who were gathered at Nylon Plaza of NCKU on March 20th, stretched their arms to pledge against Ma regime's black box negotiations on CSSTA and show their support of the student's civil disobedience to occupy the congress building on March 18th.

Photo by Chen Yi-shuang

 

Rev. Zeng Kuo-chon(left most), pastor of Taipei Justice Action Church, leading a Sunday Service - "God Bless Us to March Forward, As His Kingdom Comes" - at the front gate of the occupied congress at 2:28 pm of March 23rd. Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong(4th from right), PCT General Secretary, with his co-workers, also attended this service.

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

Over 5,000 people, assembled at Taichung Citizen Plaza in the evening of March 20th, chanted "Send Back CSSTA! Against Black Box Negotiation! Turn Down CSSTA and Re-negotiate!"

Photo by Hwang Yi-lek

 

Demonstrators chanted their protests with cardboard messages as "Citizen Wake Up, Taiwan!" at Kaohsiung's Central Park on March 20th.

Photo by Simon Lin

 

Even the children in baby stroller joined the demonstration, held at Kaohsiung's Central Park on March 20th, asking the armored police to retreat from the parliamentary complex where the students had occupied since March 18th.

Photo by Simon Lin

 

 
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3239 Edition

March 24  -  March 30, 2014

Church Ministry News

 

PCT Urges Taiwan Society To Concern Sunflower Student Movement

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying / Chen Yi-shuan / Chiu Kuo-rong / Simon Lin / Hwang Yi-lek

 

In the afternoon of March 22nd, together with Rev. Hsu Rong-fon(PCT General Assembly Moderator) and his co-workers, Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong (PCT General Secretary) delivered a PCT statement inside the parliamentary meeting hall where was unprecedentedly occupied by the students since March 18th. During his speech, Lyim paid his tribute to the students and highly confirm such movement of civic disobedience.

 

Lyim urged Taiwan society, first, the Taiwan society should stand by the students to engage an non-violence citizen movement. And Ma Ying-jeou regime should turn down the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement(CSSTA), abiding by the mechanism of Taiwan's democracy. Second, PCT pastors and members should take action to protect Taiwan's democracy and pray for the brave students, citizen groups and the rallied protesters.

 

"Prime Minister Jiang Yi-hwa is only a puppet. He cannot do any decision to face this crisis. The only person who is in charge now is President Ma Yin-jeou. Therefore, PCT urges Ma should stand up like a man to answer the legitimate requests from the students", said Rev. Lyim, no matter how long this civil disobedience will last, PCT swore to stand by this democratic movement till the end.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Rv. Lyim Hong-tiong, PCT General Secretary, pays tribute to the students and urges Taiwan society to stand by this historical civil disobedience in order to safeguard Taiwan's democracy.

Photo by PCT General Assembly


Bare-hands student calmly sit before the armored police to protest Ma Ying-jeou's black-box Cross-Strait Trade Service Agreement in Taipei's Sunflower Student Movement.

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

PCT pastors and members hold prayer session for Sunflower Student Movement before the police.

Photo by Liao Hon-chi


PCT pastors and members sit on the floor inside the parliamentary hall to demonstrate their support for this civil movement.

Photo by Lin Yi-ying


Due to violent eviction by the police at Executive Yuan, wounded student was urgently treated in first aid to lift into the ambulance.

Photo by Lin Yi-yin


 
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3239 Edition

March 24  -  March 30, 2014

Head Line News

 

Condemn The State Violence Of Ma Ying-jeou Regime

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

 

From the dark night of March 23rd  to the early morning of March 24th, the students protesting in Executive Yuan were finally brutally evicted by the superior police force. Many students and citizens were severely wounded or even blood-shed during this violent oppression from the government.

 

Regarding this serious result, Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong, General Secretary of Presbyterian Church Taiwan, expressed his deepest sorrow for the wounded people and strongest condemnation to the merciless state violence.

 

Rev. Lyim remarked, especially when the protesters pledged their stance as peace and non-violence, the police used to pull or separate the protesting audience one by one at most and then sent them away from the conflicting site. But, to everyone's astonishment, police's eviction that night employed the unprecedented brute force, water cannon, shields, batons ad sticks, to disperse the students and citizens who had not even a metal to do their self-defense.

 

Rev. Lyim lamented, having seen the bleeding students were brutally treated, kicked or stomped by the naked violence of the state, how cruel Ma Ying-jeou regime treats its innocent and peaceful young students!

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Bleeding student, brutally attacked by superior police and SWAT, was evicted from the protesting crowd rallied inside Taipei's Executive Yuan in the deep night on March 23rd  2014.

 

Photo by Lin Yi-ying

 
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3239 Edition

March 24 - March 30, 2014

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Calling For Peace And Justice, PCT Condemns The State Violence

 

Reported by Lin Yi ying and Chiu Kuo-rong

 

Caused by the government's violent eviction of the protesting students, who abruptly occupied Executive Yuan and stayed there from the night of March 23rd to early morning of March 24th, it was estimated about 100 students and citizens were wounded due to their peaceful but recalcitrant demonstration against the irresponsible insistence of Executive Yuan to push through the bill of Cross-Strait Trade Service Agreement(CSTSA).

 

At 10:00 a.m. on March 24th , an urgent PCT press conference was hold undaunted in front of the gate of the Executive Yuan. An official PCT statement was issued to condemn such state violence to evict the innocent students and pledged to seek peace and justice for this country. Many PCT pastors had attended this press conference, including Rev. Hsu Rong-fong(PCT General Assembly Moderator), Rev. Ro Jen-guei(PCT General Assembly Vice Moderator), Rev. Sududarda( PCT General Assembly Deputy Secretary), Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong(PCT General Secretary), Rev. Zeng Kuo-chong(Pastor of Just Action Church) and Mr. Tsai Ming-hsein(Former Defense Minister). After press conference, they also went to the emergency department of Mackay Memorial Hospital to pay tribute and care for the wounded students and citizens.

 

Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong said the cruel measures taken by Ma Ying-jeou regime to evict the people so violently could not be allowed in any democratic state in current world. This is why Presbyterian Church Taiwan had to stand up behind these wounded students immediately. And Rev. Lyim would give his most severe condemnation toward the regime of Ma Ying-jeou(President) and Jiang Yi-hwa(Prime Minister) for such atrocious clamp down.

 

Reading the official PCT statement, "Condemn the State's Violence, Seek Peace and Justice", Rev. Lyim pointed out that the real cause of this occupation event is the reluctance of Ma-Jaing regime to respond what the students urged: turn down CSTSA and defend Taiwan's democracy from China's Trojan Horse. PCT gives the most severe condemnation on the Ma-Jiang regime's brutal clamp down and violent eviction of the innocent students. As evidenced from various news video and footage, the compulsory eviction by police had gone beyond the proper response of legitimate defense and evolved into a state violence. Therefore, PCT thought Ma Ying-jeou regime should take the full responsibility of this violent eviction, as Ma's stubborn decision to pass CSTSA is not only against the will of Taiwan people, but also anti-democracy hardly won locally and against universal human rights.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Rev. Hsu Rong-fong, the 58th PCT General Assembly Moderator(the 4th standing from right and holding microphone), leads the staffs of PCT General Assembly and Office to pray that the wounded got healed, the suffered peace, the bumbler wake up and God bless Taiwan before the front gate of Taipei's Executive Yuan in the morning of March 24th 2014.

 

Photo by Lin Yi-yin

 

 
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Taiwan Church News
3236 Edition
March 3  -  March 9, 2014
Editorial

Editorial: Let Us Think About the S Generation From The Last Fruit of The Spirit

 

Following the advance of pioneering technology and internet, people are increasingly got used to "grasp" the whole world just within their palms either by smart phone or sliding on the iPad. Facilitated by these new gadgets, people can learn messages from their friends in dynamic movement and have a chat with others simultaneously, even to "stroll on the street" and go shopping within this fashion technique.
So, when you walk on the street, hang around in the public space or queue for public transportation, even waiting for green light at the cross road, you could always see many "Low Head People" sliding their fingers busily on the screen. Sometimes, even when the green light is on, you always can find some automobile just get stuck on your way because that driver is still sliding on the screen. No wonder smart phone or iPad are dubbed "the opium of our age", because too many people get being addicted on them!
Many scholars and psychiatrists urge the public to practice self-control under the impact of The Touch-Screen Generation, which could be abbreviated as "S Generation", otherwise there will be unmanageable bitter fruits for this society to take.
Proverb 25:28 said,"Like a city whose wall are broken down / is a man who lacks self control". Evidently, the break down of a man is due to his lack of self control. If we want to restore our power of life and enhance our creativity of mind, we have to discipline our heart and practice self control. Otherwise, even all we achieve that glitters in front of people, it does not mean it is gold.
In his letter to Galatians church, Paul said " But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law". (Galatians 5: 22~23) Through these verses, we can see the how Paul cherish the idea of self-control, as we are human beings with flesh and desires and we have difficulty to practice self-control. Unless the Spirit could be the source of our self-control(εγκρατεια), leading us to comply the will of God, all the other fruits of the Spirit could be delivered.
 
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3236 Edition

March 3  -  March 9, 2014

Headline News

 

Name Change Of 228 Peace Park To Emphasize Taiwan's Sufferings, As Historical Truth Is Still Absent

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

"No Truth! No peace!", chanted and organized by the HQ of 908 Taiwan Republic, several citizen groups including Presbyterian Church Taiwan, Taiwan General Association for Caring 228 victims and etc. came together at the front gate of Taipei's 228 Peace Park on February 27. They changed the name of park into " 228 Taiwan In Suffering Park", emphasizing that Taiwan seriously suffered in dementia as the historical truth had been unavailable.

 

Chen Yi-sen, President of Taiwan General Association for Caring 228 victims, criticized that still lots of historical files and documents about 228 massacre were still kept by Kuomintang(KMT) Party in the name of private properties because KMT is seen as a civil group, though some rough sketches about 228 massacre were revealed by government. Chen questioned: how can there be true peace if there is no historical truth?

 

In addition, contrasting the examples of transformative justice practiced in South Africa and South Korea, which offered amnesty, forgiveness or tolerance after the atrocious murderers were given verdict as guilty, Chen bomb blasting Taiwan government had not yet prosecuted any offender with any charge or brought any single culprit to justice in any court in the hideous 228 massacre. Not only the slayers in this massacre were not get punished, but also the responsibility of the chief manslaughter Chiang Kai-shek was slipped away.

 

"Taiwan will keep suffering, once the historical truth is still buried deep", said Rev. Lin Wei-lien, Secretary of PCT Church and Society Committee, "Forgiveness will be far away, if there is no truth; no real peace could come, if there is documents still locked beyond reach by the public". Lin pointed out that, for the 228 massacre victims and their families, what they want is reparation but not compensation as stipulated in current 228 compensation laws. Further, in order to have our young students get a more clear picture about Taiwan history, Lin urged  Ma Ying-jeou government has to abstain inserting his hands to manipulate the citizen curriculum outlines in middle and high schools.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe


Rev. Lin Wei-lien(left most), with many Taiwanese citizen groups, leading a name-changing ceremony for 228 Peace Park in Taipei on February 27, 2014. Prof Chen Yi-sen(third from left), President of Taiwan General Association for Caring 228 victims, attended this ceremony and sharply criticized the cowardly irresponsibility of KMT party to lock the original files of 228 massacre beyond the public's reach.

Photo by Lin Yi-ying

"228 Peace Park" was changed into "228 Taiwan In Suffering Park".

Photo by Lin Yi-ying

 

 


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