On the evening of Jan. 7, a violent election-related altercation was reported in Yunlin County's Baozhong Township. The head of DPP legislative candidate Su Chih-fen's support group in Baozhong, a man surnamed Chang, got into a fight with someone hanging an anti-gay marriage banner. Both parties were injured. Although they both say they are willing to make peace, the Huwei Precinct of the Yunlin County Police Bureau says it is going over the evidence and the case will be sent to the Yunlin District Prosecutors Office for further processing.
This man, Mr. Chang, is the head of Democratic Progressive Party legislative candidate Su Chih-fen's support group in Yunlin's Baozhong Township. On the 7th, he found an anti-gay marriage banner near his field. He got into a fight with the people that hung the banner and had to call a friend to take him to the hospital.
(Where are you hurt?) My torso, thighs and head. When I fell on the ground, they kept kicking me.
Chang held a press conference at Su's Huwei campaign office to condemn violence. Yunlin County councilor candidate Tsai Ming-shui, who was involved in the hanging of the banner, says this was a difference of opinion rather than election-related violence and it would be very irresponsible to deliberately sensationalize what happened.
This was a case of a difference of opinion. I only stated my opinion, which is that I don't agree with same-sex marriage. That's all that happened. It had nothing to do with election or violence.
Based on what we know so far, it was just a difference in opinion. We don't believe this was election-related. The two parties, as civilians, had a difference in opinion over a policy.
The police say both parties only sustained mild injuries and are willing to put the past behind them. However, an investigation has been opened and the case will be sent to the Yunlin District Prosecutors Office for further processing.