Taipei, A retired colonel sustained a severe head injury and fractured ribs in a protest Tuesday morning against the government's plan to cut pensions for retired military personnel, another protester said.
Miao Te-sheng (???), 62, fell from a height of about 5-6 meters as he was climbing the wall of a legislative building to raise the national flag and went into cardiac arrest and sustained multiple injuries when he hit the ground.
He was rushed to National Taiwan University Hospital and was resuscitated there, but is still in a coma and under observation in the intensive care unit, a member of the Blue Sky Actions Alliance surnamed Kuan (?) told reporters after the accident.
Several dozen protesters from the group stormed into the legislative compound after 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Legislative Yuan Secretary-General Lin Jih-jia (???) said some of them then broke a window and made their way into the legislative chamber, where Premier Lai Ching-te (???) was to deliver his policy address on the first day of the legislative session.
They were then removed from the chamber by police, who had the protesters outnumbered, Lin said, but he did not provide any details of the number of people involved or the methods used by the police.
At around 6:58 a.m., Miao was seen climbing the exterior wall of a legislative building, only to hit his head when he landed back on the ground, the police said.
Medical personnel arrived at the site at 7:06 a.m. and performed emergency treatment on Miao before taking him to the hospital at 7:15 a.m., Chang Chuan-chung (???), a police officer, said at a press conference.
Chang said police had urged the protesters to remain rational as they climbed up the wall of the legislative complex and tried to push open the gate.
It was regrettable that Miao resorted to the "irrational action" leading to the unfortunate accident, Chang said, adding that appeals should be made in a rational manner.
The legislative session scheduled for Tuesday was called off and rescheduled to March 2.
The government has listed a proposed plan for adjusting military pensions as one of its priority bills to be pushed through in the legislative session from February to June.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel