Traitors exploiting freedom of expression
Article 29 of the Penal Code provides that “a person who solicits another to commit an offense is a lawyer. The lawyer is punished according to the penalty prescribed for the requested offense. “
Academic Lai Yueh-tchienn (賴岳謙) told China Central Television that “Taiwan’s army is just a paper tiger,” that its arsenal of weapons is decades behind that of China, its training is weak and the ideas of its officers are based on a period of 50 years. old ideology instead of modern thought.
Former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmaker Chiu Yi (邱毅) called on Chinese television for “unification” by military force, saying Beijing missiles should target Taiwan’s worst independence activist, the president Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).
China Unification Promotion Party (CUPP) founder Chang An-le (張 安樂) – also known as the “white wolf” – said he would establish “red troops” to promote “Peaceful unification”.
He also called for a “pre-battle uprising” and cooperation with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to overthrow the Taiwanese government.
When all of these things happened, these people were not only lawyers, they were also guilty of treason.
Promoting Taiwan’s demise and encouraging China’s annexation of the nation by military force are not covered by freedom of speech.
These people should not be allowed to say such nonsense and be tolerated on the basis of the idea that the public should make up their minds regardless of comments.
Legal professionals who deal with fake news and rumors should not ignore them and issue “not guilty” verdicts, claiming the comments did not cause social unrest.
In the face of the Chinese dictatorship, democratic countries around the world are wary of Beijing’s aggression.
A growing number of states are working together to form an alliance to contain China.
A meeting of top US and Japanese leaders last month condemned the threat posed by China’s military actions, calling them destabilizing.
However, there is a group of people in Taiwan who agree with everything China says.
They hold high the banner of “free speech” as a protective umbrella, while striving to destroy national unity, promote rumors and create unrest.
Lai, a former university professor, has become a spokesperson for China, and members of the CUPP have repeatedly – here in free and democratic Taiwan – attacked Lam Wing-kei (林榮基), a former director of Causeway Hong Kong Bay Books. as Hong Kong singer, actress and democracy activist Denise Ho (何韻詩), pouring red paint on it.
These people also use Taiwan’s freedom of speech as a protective umbrella as they strive to suppress the same freedom on behalf of the CCP, a party that considers free speech a crime.
This question, rooted in the tragic mess that surrounds Taiwan’s national identity, is a reminder that Taiwanese must protect their freedom of expression.
Chin Ching is an educator.
Translated by Perry Svensson
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