Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage Kicks Off|大甲媽遶境今晚起駕 徐國勇:搶轎鬥毆法辦


The Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage has kicked off at 11pm on June 11 from the Dajia Jenn Lann Temple with the procession expected to last for 9 days and 8 nights. Let's take a look.


The Dajia Jenn Lann Temple Mazu Pilgrimage has begun at 11pm on June 11th and would bypass four cities and counties including Taichung, Changhua, Yunlin and Chiayi. Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung paid a visit down Taichung the night before the Pilgrimage and discussed the event with the organizers. In the past, participants often engage in confrontations over who gets to touch the Mazu's palanquin. If the parties involved did not take the case to court, then no punishment would be given. However, Hsu stressed that pilgrims who engage in fights this year would be punished.

If one took the enshrined Mazu, then he or she is committing coercion on the Jenn Lann Temple. According to the newly passed Article 149 and 150 of the Criminal Law, crowd fighting will result in "trial without complaints".

In the past, pilgrims would be seen fighting over Mazu in the underpass of Changhua's Minsheng Road without any rule of law to govern. With the amendment of the Criminal Law at the end of last year, crowd fighting with three people or more is deemed as a crime of obstructing order with a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison. The Jenn Lann Temple also urged people not to engage in fights over Mazu's palanquin again this year.

In the past, all the pilgrimage teams would enter and participate in the event. This year, it is limited to 10 people per team. So this time, it will depend on the quality of the Taiwanese people. As Taiwanese, we will add the human touch to the pilgrimage.

The Taichung City police has deployed 1,800 police officers for security and crowd control this year, compared to only 1,000 officers in the previous years. Hsu Kuo-yung stressed the police will assist the Temple as much as possible in hopes to prevent the fighting over the Mazu's palanquin. Other than preventing crowd fights, the Temple needs to implement coronavirus prevention measures as well. A limit of 800 hats will be distributed to the pilgrims for identification, those without a hat would be persuaded to keep their distance. Although the procession is scaled down from previous years, both the Central and local governments are preparing to the highest standards to ensure that nothing will go wrong.



大甲鎮瀾宮媽祖在11號晚間11點起駕,遶境沿途將經過台中、彰化、雲林、還有嘉義四個縣市,內政部長徐國勇在遶境前一晚南下台中,和廟方商討遶境事宜,以往遶境搶神轎擦槍走火釀衝突,如果雙方不告訴,就無法制裁,今年徐國勇特別喊話,搶轎群眾鬥毆一定嚴辦!

內政部長 徐國勇表示:「奉祀的神像,你把祂搶了,對鎮瀾宮是強制罪,刑法149條、150條立法院剛剛通過,聚眾鬥毆,這就構成非告訴乃論。」

往年彰化民生路地下道搶轎情況混亂,卻無法可辦,但刑法去年底已經修法,三人以上聚眾鬥毆觸犯妨害秩序罪,最重可判五年徒刑,今年廟方也拜託大家不要再搶轎。

大甲鎮瀾宮副董事長 鄭銘坤表示:「以前所有的(參香)團隊都進來,現在每個團隊規定只有10位,是要靠我們全國、台灣人的素質,台灣人要走出人情味。」

台中警方往年部署1,000人次,今年高規格派出1,800人次來維護治安,徐國勇強調廟方要多少警力通通給,希望遏止搶轎風氣,除了避免鬥毆,還要兼顧防疫,廟方每天將發放八百頂限量帽來識別信眾,如果沒拿到帽子的信徒參與遶境,就會勸離遠一些。雖然今年遶境規模將會較往年小,但中央地方都嚴陣以待、超前部署,確保每個環節都不要發生閃失。

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