Charges Filed in Tokyo Against Taiwanese MP for Injury to Shinto Priest During 2009 Demonstration at Yasukuni Shrine

Charges Filed in Tokyo Against Taiwanese MP for Injury to Shinto Priest During 2009 Demonstration at Yasukuni Shrine
Yomiuri Shimbun: 靖国でデモ・神職けが、台湾の立法委員書類送検
11:46 AM August 11, 2011

Charges were filed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security Division on the 11th against Taiwanese legislator Kao Chin Su-mei (May Chin) (age 45). She is suspected of injury and intimidation to Shinto priests trying to restrain a demonstration she led at Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda protesting the enshrinement of Taiwanese there who had served in the Japanese military.

According to the police announcement, on August 11, 2009, Representative Kao Chin led approximately 50 people in a protest at Yasukuni Shrine. They clashed with 6 priests who attempted to prevent them from entering the temple grounds, and one priest’s right hand was lightly injured, intentionally so according to the charges.

A Japanese veterans’ organization made a formal accusation in May 2010. Because Representative Kao Chin lives abroad, it would be difficult to try her in court.

Kao Chin Su-mei, formerly a Taiwanese actress, was first elected to the Legislative Yuan in 2001. She has gone to Yasukuni to protest Taiwanese soldiers’ enshrinement there 5 times since 2002.

Original/原稿:
靖国でデモ・神職けが、台湾の立法委員書類送検

靖国神社(東京都千代田区)で元日本兵の台湾人が合祀されていることに対する抗議活動を行った際、制止した神職らにけがを負わせたなどとして、警視庁公安部は11日、台湾の高金素梅(こうきんそばい)立法委員(国会議員に相当)(45)を威力業務妨害や礼拝所不敬、傷害などの容疑で東京地検に書類送検した。

発表によると、高金委員は2009年8月11日、靖国神社で約50人と抗議デモを行った際、境内に入るのを制止しようとした神職ら計6人を突き飛ばすなどし、うち1人の右手に軽傷を負わせるなどした疑い。

旧日本軍人らが昨年5月、同庁に刑事告発していた。高金委員は海外在住のため刑事責任を問うのは難しいとみられる。

高金委員は台湾の女性タレント出身で、01年に立法委員に初当選。02年以降、5回にわたって、靖国神社を訪れ、台湾人の合祀に反対する抗議活動をしていた。

(2011年8月11日11時46分 読売新聞)

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