Aboriginals gathered outside the Presidential Palace in Taipei tonight, on the eve of August 1, when it is expected that Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will deliver a speech that includes an apology to Taiwan’s Indigenous people.
Riot police set up a cordon on Ketagalan Avenue, and attempted to move the group away. “Who are you to tell us where we can stand,” an indigenous leader proclaimed. “We were here before you, and we will decide where to stand.”
The delegation of aboriginal people had begun a trek starting on July 2 from Hengchun Peninsular in the south of Taiwan, and had walked 750 kilometers to the capital in northern Taiwan. The journey took them 30 days.