Lin Guan-hua, the student leader on the anti-curriculum change protest killed himself. He didn’t think he did anything wrong but had to face police arrest and investigation, pressure from teachers and parents’ disapproval. On the other hand, younger students needed his leadership and public representation. One can imagine what kind of pressure it is for a 20 year old. Will his death amplify the tension? Do other students need support and counselling? These are the things that need attention. I hope that the KMT and the DPP caucuses put effort into easing the heightened emotions rather than aggravating the situation by using confrontational and combative languages.
In the martial law era, the ruling party always smeared protesters as being manipulated by the communist bandits and Taiwan independence groups behind the scene. This time, they also question whether there is a puppet master behind the anti-curriculum change protest and ask [the opposition] to let the children go. This tactic is the same as in the past (i.e. the martial law era), as they just want to imply political manoeuvring by the DPP or other political groups for their own political gain. This doesn’t help solve the problem. The public understanding and wisdom are not the same as before.
Just like Lin said, they (the students) have the passion adults lost. We should cherish it.
‘Student activist kill himself. He was under great pressure. I hope party caucuses can ease tension, not aggravate it.’
‘Just like what the deceased Lin Guan-hua said, the students have the passion adults lost. So we should cherish it.’