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Taiwan president mobbed by protestors

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was mobbed by hundreds of angry mourners on Sunday as he attended the funeral service for a young conscript who died after allegedly being abused by his officers.
Protestors, including relatives and sympathisers, shouted ‘We want truth’ as Ma, protected by security guards, made his way to the funeral site at the soldier’s home in the central city of Taichung.
The service was held a day after more than 100,000 people took to the streets of the capital Taipei to protest over the death of Corporal Hung Chung-chiu and the ‘sloppy’ military investigation of the case.

Hung died of heatstroke on 4 July - apparently after being forced to exercise excessively as punishment for taking a smartphone onto his base -- just three days before the end of his compulsory year-long military service.

Ma pledged no such tragedy would recur in the military as he offered his condolences to the family.
‘As the president and the leader of the country’s three armed forces, I hereby guarantee that Hung Chung-chiu will not have died in vain and such a tragedy will not happen again,’ Ma told Hung’s father Hung Chi-tuan.
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