29. März 2014

Vor fast einem Jahr waren wir zum 40jährigen Jubiläum der Jumin-Gemeinde in Songnam, Südkorea, eingeladen zusammen mit 5 Vertretern der Partnergemeinde Weingarten. Es war ein großartiges Erlebnis: 40 Jahre Minjung-Gemeinden-Geschichte. Die Anfänge liegen in der Zeit der Park-Diktatur (heute ist seine Tochter Präsidentin des Landes), Verfolgung, Gefängnis, Unterdrückung. Es entsteht, was weltweit bekannt wird als Minjung-Theologie, nicht am grünen Tisch, nicht in der Studierstube der Professoren, soondern im Zusammenleben und -wirken derer, die für Demokratie, Freiheit, Menschenrechte und Wiedervereinigung kämpften.
Erich & Angelika Völker, Mai 2013 in Songnam

Nach unserer Rückkehr reiste einer der Teilnehmer, Erich Völker, im Auftrag der Bundesregierung nach Kasachstan, erlitt dort einen schweren Gehirnschlag und wird seither in der Familie betreut. Wir werden ihn heute besuchen.


Unruhen in Taiwan
遍地開花》330警署叫支援 陳菊夜令:雄警不得北上 - 自由電子報 即時新聞
iservice.libertytimes.com.tw
News Translation, Taiwan Voice 2014/03/29

UPDATE: Chen Chu agree to send 280 policemen from 1300 to 1800 but they will not participate at the frontlines
http://newtalk.tw/news/2014/03/29/45807.html
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Kaohsiung mayor Chen Chu and Tainan mayor Lai Ching-de defy request from Central Police Bureau to send added police force to 3/30 protest.
This afternoon, the Police Bureau requested Kaohsiung City for 280 additional police officers for security assistance at the protest in Taipei this Sunday, 30 March. Kaohsiung City Mayor, Chen Chu, expressed strong dissatisfaction to this demand and issued an order for the city police not to be deployed to the north.
Kaohsiung City Press Secretary Ding Yun-Gong stated that the city police had agreed to mobilize 120 Kaohsiung police northward for support on the 21st of March, based on the principle of maintaining order. However, due to the improper use of police force on the morning of the 24th in the brutal removal of the student protesters from the Executive Yuan, their stance had changed. Not only had people lost their trust in the government, but the police were also now seen as in opposition to the people. The city did not wish to see a repeat of such violence, and therefore declined the assistance to the police in Taipei.
Ding Yun-Gong also mentioned that in order to maintain law and order in Kaohsiung and to protect public safety, as well as due to the concern for improper use of police force, the Mayor also voiced her strong opposition and instructed the city police not to be deployed to the north.
Earlier, Tainan City Mayor, Lai Ching-de also announced that "the decision of not mobilizing the Tainan police to the north has not been changed," and that "if the purpose is to be used for repression, then I have the right to refuse and forbid the deployment." He believed that the public would support his stance.
[Reporter Huang Jialin / Kaohsiung]
http://iservice.libertytimes.com.tw/liveNews/news.php?no=977647&type=%E6%94%BF%E6%B2%BB

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