|Demolition proceeds at the Huaguang community|
The old man offers a cigarette to the elderly lady who sits next to him outside the red temple. She refuses. The man is unwell, his face bloated. Around his neck hangs a small device that appears to be connected to a pacemaker. On his head sits an old, olive-green Nationalist soldier’s hat. Behind them, the bulldozers are at work, devouring a community and the lives of its inhabitants.
“I don’t have a home anymore,” the old man says.
Welcome to Huaguang (華光) community in Taipei, the latest target in a series of attacks by the wealthy class against the “have-nots.” The destruction is random, with the Taipei City Government’s “executioner” beginning by tearing down the shabby houses of those who have given their consent.
|More areas set for demolition|
|The ROC and CCP flags won't help|
Just outside this microcosm of injustice, seen through the hundred-year-old trees that also stand to be razed, the tall ornate gates of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall stand proudly, a symbol of government indifference to ordinary lives. The area in question is to be razed to make room for a glitzy neighborhood inspired by the upmarket Roppongi community in Tokyo. One can already see the land developers rubbing their hands in expectation, having finally succeeded in forcing the government to resolve the issue after years of inaction (it began when the Democratic Progressive Party was in office). After all, this is prime real estate.
|The old man at the temple|
My unsigned editorial, published today in the Taipei Times, continues here .