On November 23, 2016, a Taiwanese legislator conducted an enquiry about the heavy police presence surrounding the Legislature.
In October, 2016, alone, there have been some 100 protests outside the Legislature and over 20,000 people demonstrated. Since February 19 of 2016 when the new legislature of the new Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) majority opened, over 20,000 police personnel have been deployed around the legislature. Each day, there have been 100 police standing guard around the building. There have also been many mass protests in the streets, in front of the Executive Yuan, in front of the presidential office, and in front of President Tsai Ing-wen’s residences.
President Tsai Ing-wen and her new DPP government have been trying to forcibly enact new legislation that are against public opinion of the majority of the people including proposed legislation to cut seven national holidays, proposed legislation to import Japanese foods from areas surrounding Fukushima that may have been contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and proposed legislation to allow same sex marriage.
Critics noting the rapid rise in public discontent, now at 58% against President Tsai Ing-wen, say that this is dissatisfaction towards her government’s policies and the way the government is trying to force legislation by disregarding and violating legislative procedure.
[Master Chen Says] Here is a psychological insight into the mental disposition of President Tsai Ing-wen’s new DPP government. It seems that her new government suffers from governmental neurosis.
The new government is visceral, trying to enforce legislation based on crude, elemental and irrational political agendas that are completely against the wishes of the majority of people who elected it into office. The new government intends to allow importation of possibly contaminated foods from areas neighboring the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone while adamantly opposing nuclear power in fear of possible environmental contamination by the nuclear facilities. Yet, it is also allowing more use of coal fired electricity generation while forcibly shutting down the Changhua chemical plant that provides steam generated electricity.
The new government seems to be uptight about its political legitimacy.
The new government has shown itself to be homophobic.
The new government seems to exhibit extreme anxiety about its political correctness and its political righteousness.
The new government has an extreme fear of unpredictability, especially in regards to people’s reactions.
Having been the opposition political party for eight years (2008-2016) and accustomed to using violent protests and vicious political propaganda and accusatory verbal attacks against the “Blue camp” of the Kuomintang in power (2008-2016), the DPP and its government seem unable to deal with opposition rationally.
Having won the January 16, 2016, general election and the majority in the legislature, President Tsai Ing-wen and her new DPP government have acquired the “hubris syndrome”. Majoritariansm and its “hubris syndrome” have given the governing DPP and its government a superiority complex. Yet, the deployment of heavy police presence surrounding the legislature reveals an underlying inferiority complex. There have been several incidents of police brutality against demonstrators and physical attacks by legislators of the ruling party on legislators of the opposition party in legislative session.
The new DPP government and DPP legislators have exhibited extreme incivility and uncivilized behavior, including the use of hooligans in black clothing to intimidate those who wanted to attend the public hearings on importation of Japanese foods from areas neighboring the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone. The hearings were mislabeled intentionally to eliminate any reference to “foods from Japan’s nuclear disaster areas”.
These are manifestations of neurosis, and in this case, governmental neurosis.