Taiwan KMT chairman's daughter joins call for premier Jiang Yi-huah to step down

Lien Yung-hsin signs student petition criticising decision to deploy police against students

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 March, 2014, 3:14pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 March, 2014, 4:03am

Lien Yung-hsin, the youngest daughter of Kuomintang honorary chairman and former premier Lien Chan, has joined more than 700 students and supporters in a petition demanding that Taiwan's Premier Jiang Yi-huah resign.

The younger Lien signed the petition which condemned Jiang as a "hatchet man" and slammed his decision to deploy police to clear out more than 2,000 demonstrators at the Executive Yuan complex in Taipei on Monday.

More than 100 demonstrators who were opposing a mainland-Taiwan trade pact were injured by police water cannons. Ignoring Jiang's pleas for a peaceful dialogue, students from National Taiwan University's Department of Political Science - where Jiang studied and taught - demanded his resignation.

The letter, posted on Facebook, garnered 715 signatures before collection stopped on Tuesday.

Lien signed as "B88 Lien Yung-hsin", likely shorthand for the year she entered the university, in 1999, which is counted as year 88 on the Taiwanese calendar that starts in 1911 - the Chinese republic's founding.

"Your wrongful decision violates the spirit of the law and the moral code of intellectuals," the petition said. "You wrote in the past that the core value of constitutionalism was that those who govern must not abuse their power and that the power of the government must be controlled," she wrote. "But recently we have seen you becoming a hatchet man of the state apparatus."

Lien Chan's spokesman Ding Yuan-chao confirmed with The China Times that Lien Yung-hsin signed the letter.

The petition organisers will hold a press conference tomorrow.