Taipei-Ten protesters of the Sunflower Movement who suffered injuries when forcibly removed by police from the Executive Yuan complex in 2014, will receive state compensation totaling over NT$1.11 million (US$36,197), the Taipei District Court ruled Wednesday.
Although the protest was not sanctioned by the authorities, police should still have followed the principle of proportionality when performing their duties, the court said in its verdict.
Based on evidence provided, the judge determined that 10 of the protesters suffered serious injuries due to excessive force used by the police.
They are therefore entitled to compensation from the Taipei City Police Department, according to the statement.
The remaining plaintiffs, however, failed to provide sufficient evidence that their injuries resulted from excessive force used by the police and will not be granted compensation, the judge ruled.
The lawsuit was initiated by a group of participants of the Sunflower Movement, a 24-day occupation of Taiwan's Legislature in March 2014 in protest over a lack of transparency in a trade-in-services agreement signed between Taiwan and China.
On March 23, while the Legislature was still being occupied, some protesters stormed the Executive Yuan complex to stage a sit-in. Under orders from then-Premier Jiang Yi-huah (???), police started to remove protesters from the scene.
Early next morning, police used high-pressure water cannons to expel the roughly 300 protesters still remaining in the compound.
The plaintiffs alleged that the police used excessive force when removing them and that they suffered serious injuries when shoved and beaten by the police.
They listed the Taipei City Police Department and the Taipei City government as defendants in their lawsuit, which they launched in 2017.
In a press conference after the ruling Wednesday, former Legislator Chou Ni-an (???), one of the plaintiffs in the case, said that although not every plaintiff will receive compensation, the ruling shows that the government was in the wrong.
The Taipei City Police Department and the Taipei City government said they respect the ruling and will decide whether to appeal after receiving the verdict.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel