By Beth Main.
Freedom of protest in Asia is like a great figure — if you’ve got it, flaunt it! The Taiwanese are currently doing just that, taking to the streets with eggs in hand to protest against labor laws.
On Sunday thousands of workers, students and labor activists marched to the Presidential Office in Taipei. When stopped by the police they pulled out left over Halloween supplies and egged the place, brazenly violating the Assembly and Parade Act.
The protesters had previously staged five marches to represent five social problems: “commercialization” of education, racial discrimination, forced land seizures, a development-oriented economy and deteriorating social insurance systems.
The Taiwanese government has recently introduced cost cutting policies which exclude blue-collar foreign workers from the minimum wage and relax supervision of white-collar foreign workers.
It remains to be seen whether government economic policy will change because of a mass food fight with placards and a protest song.