Taipei-Hong Kong singer-activist Denise Ho (???) vowed on Monday to sue two suspects allegedly responsible for spraying red paint on her Sunday before a pro-Hong Kong democratic movement rally held in downtown Taipei.
In a Facebook post, Ho said she will soon take legal action against the suspects, Hu Chih-wei (???) and Liang Tai-fu (???), for intimidation, public humiliation, and loss of property, to prevent similar harassment and threats from happening to others.
Ho was being interviewed before Sunday afternoon's rally outside the Legislative Yuan when a masked man came up from behind her and sprayed her with red paint, leaving Ho's hair and clothes covered in red.
Hu, the main suspect, was arrested when he tried to flee the scene following the incident. Liang, an alleged accomplice of Hu, was also arrested at the scene, according to Taipei police.
The two were taken to a nearby police station for questioning, which ran through Sunday evening and then resumed Monday morning after an overnight break, police said.
The case was later referred to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office for prosecutors to review the evidence and decide whether to indict the two on criminal charges of intimidation, public humiliation, damage to property, and obstruction of assembly, police said.
Prosecutors filed a motion with the Taipei District Court at 1:30 p.m. Monday to have the two detained, but the court ruled Monday evening that Hu and Liang be released on bail of NT$200,000 and NT$100,000, respectively.
According to police, Hu and Liang are members of a New Taipei-based group advocating unification with China. Hu also served as the honorary chair for a branch of the Taipei-based Chinese Unification Promotion Party.
On Monday afternoon, police said they had arrested another seven suspects believed to be accomplices of Hu and Liang in committing Sunday's attack, though no details were provided on what their roles may have been.
The seven, arrested in separate raids in Taipei and New Taipei earlier Monday, are also members of the same pro-cross-strait unification group, the police said.
Commenting on Sunday's incident, Ho said in her post that she still could not remove some of the red paint on her skin.
But it was worth it if the episode raised awareness among people in both Taiwan and Hong Kong of the severity of the pro-unification campaign's penetration of both societies, she said.
Meanwhile, Premier Su Tseng-chang (???), Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung (???), and lawmakers across party lines condemned Sunday's paint-spraying incident.
Su said Ho was attending a legal assembly in Taiwan, and he was extremely angry that she was attacked.
He said the government will do its best to protect the nation's democracy from being sabotaged by wrong-doers.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel