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Freedom, democracy is in Taiwanese DNA

The values of freedom and democracy have been embedded in Taiwanese DNA, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said, adding that the nation would continue to stand with the alliance of democracies and be a force for good in the world.

Tsai made the remarks at a memorial commemorating the 35th anniversary of the death of democracy pioneer Deng Nan-jung (鄭南榕) in New Taipei City’s Jinbaoshan Cemetery yesterday.

Deng, who ran several dissident magazines, self-immolated on April 7, 1989 as authorities attempted to arrest him on charges of sedition.


Harsher treason sentences proposed

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers have proposed an amendment to toughen penalties for military officials found guilty of treason.

Current punishments are too lenient and do not serve as a deterrent, legislators told a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee yesterday, citing the case of former army colonel Hsiang Te-en (向德恩).

Hsiang was found guilty of accepting bribes and signing a letter of surrender swearing allegiance to the People’s Republic of China as his “motherland.” The Kaohsiung District Court in February last year sentenced him to seven-and-a-half years in prison and ordered him to pay NT$560,000, the equivalent of what he received in bribes.

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Hundreds of Tibetans are seen paying their respect to Tamding Thar after his body was released by Chinese authorities on June 15, 2012. (Phayul photo/Ghangri)

DHARAMSHALA, June 15: In confirmed reports coming out of Tibet, Tamding Thar, a Tibetan in his 50s, set himself on fire in Amdo Chentsa region of Tibet in an apparent protest against the Chinese government today at around 6:30 am (local time).

Tamding Thar passed away in his fiery protest.

Speaking to Phayul, Ghangri, a monk in south India confirmed the reports.