Many of Chen’s supporters said the detention was uncalled for because the prosecution has failed to give any evidence or backing for the basis of his detention. From your observation, do you think Chen has been rightfully detained?
I don’t think we can say that things happen in
How do you think Chen’s detention will affect the Taiwanese public sentiment? Could it further fragmentize, or unite the Taiwanese people?
Well, this depends upon what viewpoint you look at Chen Suibian (陳水扁) detention from. If you’re blue-leaning, then A-bian’s (阿扁) detainment is a gift from above. With A-bian back in the news, the KMT-dominated media can continue to talk about things that are not important to
A-bian’s detention will most definitely affect the public sentiment, that’s why he’s been detained. Fragmentation of
Some argued that the Ma administration are making Chen out to be a sacrificial lamb as an apologetic offering to Beijing for Chen Yunlin’s eventful visit. However, others believe Chen deserves imprisonment? What is your take on it?
Does Chen’s detainment have anything to do with
Do I think A-bian deserves imprisonment? No, but part of me thinks that he should just the serve time no matter if he’s guilty or not, just so the KMT-loving media won’t be able to use A-bian as the cause for all Taiwan’s current problems. With A-bian behind bars, all those blue TV news stations and newspapers will have to start doing something they haven’t done in a long time, report the news.
Do you believe Chen would get a fair trial? Do you think his plight was politically motivated like he claims?
Chen has about as much of a chance of getting a fair trial in Taiwan’s blue leaning judicial system, as a black person had of having a fair trial in the beginning of the civil rights struggle in the 1960’s in the US. I think it would be safe to say that we will probably find the cure for cancer before we will ever see Chen Suibian get a fair trial in
In Taiwan, politics is everywhere. Whether or not you want to admit to that is a totally different matter all together. Every single TV news channel and newspaper in Taiwan is politically biased and motivated. It's only a question of which way they are leaning towards. As Ma Ying Jeou continues to sell this country out to China piece by piece, shifting the focus on to A-bian is the perfect decoy. How could A-bian's detainment not be politcally motivated? The DPP are hardly even represented, let alone given the power to make any significant decisions now in Taiwan. The KMT have control of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Taiwan's current problems and power to solve them lie in their hands, not in A-bian's handcuffs.