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Taiwanese Writer Finds Poetry in Laid-off Workers’ Railway Protest
Written by I-fan Lin On 11 February 2013 @ 9:39 am | No Comments
In Chinese, East Asia, English, Labor, Protest, Taiwan (ROC), Weblog
Laid-off factory workers facing a lawsuit from the Taiwanese government over “unpaid debt” protested February 5, 2013 [zh] by lying across the tracks at a Taipei train station, bring traffic to a standstill.
The group of workers, who lost their jobs 16 years ago when many factories fled Taiwan for China and other countries to cut labor costs , received money at the time from the government body in charge of protecting labour rights meant to help them get back on their feet. But last year, that government body, called the Council of Labour Affairs, decided to sue the victims, demanding that they return the so-called “loan”.
Not so many people are sympathetic to the plight of these desperate workers. So, inspired by the latest protest, Taiwanese writer-animator ‘BoTh Ali Alone’  [zh] created an illustration to show his support for these victims of de-industrialization.
BoTh Ali Alone's illustration is accompanied by a poem titled “Lying on the Railway”, which he wrote to describe a demoralized world in which people view other people's misery without any sympathy:
— with 需要被支持的人.
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 fled Taiwan for China and other countries to cut labor costs: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/11/12/laid-off-workers-turn-from-victims-to-debtors-in-taiwan/
 Image: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=470598363004280&set=a.114610758603044.14431.114492428614877&type=1&theater
 ‘BoTh Ali Alone’: https://www.facebook.com/uandiboth
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