Former president who faced his own student revolt speaks about the impasse (2014/03/27)

The current student revolt against the trade-in-services agreement may evoke memories of the six-day White Lily student movement in 1990 that pushed for direct presidential elections. Then President Lee Teng-hui met with student protesters to diffuse the situation, and on Thursday he talked about the experience. 

Former President Lee Teng-hui was saddened that students who took to the streets were confronted by force from the police. 

Lee Teng-hui
Former President
For the country to come to this, I have to say that seeing this makes me want to cry. When people express themselves they’re called a mob, that’s unbelievable. The people’s voices should exist in a democratic society. Don’t use police methods to get rid of them. First go see them and console them. Leaders have to hear voices of the people and why they are hurting and then solve those problems. 

Today’s protests led Lee to recall the White Lily movement of 1990.

Lee Teng-hui
Former President
The people, those children at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall were really cold. I went to see them and felt it was best they leave as soon as possible because of the cold. But there were some issues that I could help with and invited them to the Presidential Office. That’s one approach.

Twenty-four years ago, Lee not only met with students from the White Lily movement, but he promised a National Affairs Conference on democratic reforms, ending the protest after six days. Today’s student protests are now into their 10th day, with no end in sight.

老李看僵局

這次的學運,讓人不禁聯想到1990年的野百合學運,當時因為前總統李登輝的善意回應,和平收場。李登輝今天以自己的經驗,站出來像馬總統喊話。

一想到學生走上街頭,卻被鎮暴警察打傷,前總統李登輝也忍不住哽咽。

[[前總統 李登輝]]
“國家變成這樣,我實在講起來,實在看到這情形也會流淚,老百姓講話就是暴民,這樣不得了,民主社會老百姓聲音該有才對,別用警察方法去趕,先去看嘛,去慰勞說辛苦了,領導者要聽老百姓聲音,他們痛苦在哪裡,就要了解之後就解決”

學生走上街頭、似曾相識的場景,讓李前總統想起了1990年的野百合學運。

[[前總統 李登輝]]
“老百姓,那些孩子在中正紀念堂,在那裡冷得要死,我去看,這麼冷盡量快解散最好,但是一些問題看怎幫忙,就請大家去總統府,這是一種方式”

24年前的往事,歷歷在目,當年野百合學運,李前總統不只接見學生、還召開國是會議,六天之內化解危機。現在學生的抗議己經進入第十天,還是沒有結束的跡象。

 

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