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  • By Yang Chin-cheng and Jake Chung/staff reporter, with a staff writer

The Tainan city government yesterday demolished an illegal building belonging to the Taiwan People’s Communist Party which had displayed the national flag of China.

Chi Yen-ju (紀延儒), an official with the Tainan Public Works Bureau, said a similar building on the same site in Sinying District (新營) was demolished on September 20, 2019.

On Thursday last week, the bureau fined the party NT$90,000 and ordered it to demolish the structure, as it violated the Construction Law (建築法) and the Land Use Planning Law. (區域計畫法), Chi said.

Photo courtesy of Tainan City Government via CNA

Chi said the office ordered the demolition after the party failed to remove the building, which was erected in defiance of the site’s listing for farmland.

Protesters gathered ahead of the demolition, with police preventing them from intervening, Chi said.

However, the police allowed party chairman Lin Te-wang (林德旺) to remove the Chinese national flag flying from the building, he added.

Photo courtesy of Tainan City Government via CNA

The owner of the land would be fined based on the planning law, Chi said.

Later yesterday, Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲) wrote on Facebook that the demolition “upholds the dignity” of the city government and shows its determination to dismantle illegally built structures.

People commented on the post saying that Chinese Communist Party supporters are taking advantage of the country’s democracy to provoke the government, adding that tougher measures should be taken against them.

Additional reporting by Hung Jui-chin

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