Demonstrations in Taiwan on May 1 International Workers’ Day

2012 May 1 International Workers' Day demonstrations and protests in Taiwan.

2012 May 1 International Workers' Day demonstrations and protests in Taiwan.

From NetEase:

Many labor organizations in Taiwan stage demonstrations on International Workers’ Day

May 1st, many Taiwanese labor organizations went marched on the streets in protest, demanding that authorities improve labor conditions, close the wealth gap, help the economically vulnerable, raise the quality of life for workers, and enact legislation prohibiting the use of “dispatch workers” [the use of temporary workers/agencies to save money or avoid responsibility for employers] and cancel the “system of job responsibility” [where work is defined by completion of tasks and duties, rather than the number of hours worked daily].

2012 May 1 International Workers' Day demonstrations and protests in Taiwan.

2012 May 1 International Workers' Day demonstrations and protests in Taiwan.

2012 May 1 International Workers' Day demonstrations and protests in Taiwan.

2012 May 1 International Workers' Day demonstrations and protests in Taiwan.

2012 May 1 International Workers' Day demonstrations and protests in Taiwan.

2012 May 1 International Workers' Day demonstrations and protests in Taiwan.

2012 May 1 International Workers' Day demonstrations and protests in Taiwan.

2012 May 1 International Workers' Day demonstrations and protests in Taiwan.

Comments from NetEase:

dfasdf343434 [网易江西省网友]:

Taiwan is still better [than China].
Our country’s International Workers’ Day has already become a simple vacation holiday.

罚酒3杯 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

May 1st holiday.
Abroad: Protests and demonstrations demanding better treatment of workers.
At home: Golden Week!!!

美文化 [网易河南省郑州市网友]:

Evil capitalism…

kenny44272 [网易广东省恩平市网友]:

As old Communist Party members, my father and mother visited Taiwan two years ago. As they were sightseeing, my father suddenly had to use the restroom but couldn’t find the WC [toilet]. They happened to pass by a police station and my mother asked a person that looked like a police officer where the nearest WC is, saying my father had to go. This police officer, without hesitation, helped my father into the police station’s restroom. When my father came out expressing his thanks, that police officer gave two sun visors to the two elderly, saying that it was sunny outside and for them to take care of themselves [from heat exposure]. To this day, those two sun visors are still in the living room display cabinet.

yeyaojunanda [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

Poor Taiwanese people, we have Workers’ Day off.


On May 1st, we go vacationing, while they go protesting.

请输入一个昵称 [网易北京市网友]:

Poor Taiwanese people, we here organize a trip to the cinemas.

美文化 [网易河南省郑州市网友]:

I express incomprehension.


It says there are 58 comments, but how come I don’t see a single one? [Refers to censored comments.]

ensea531598 [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

So inharmonious.


Our country is a land of happiness, the people living in peace and working happily, having enough to eat at every meal, so please don’t envy us, because most of us want to live your abyss of suffering… You know what I’m talking about [makes fun of old mainland Chinese propaganda that painted the situation in China as good while the situation in other countries dire.]

矿砂机械 [网易山东省潍坊市网友]:

Come to the mainland, here everything is singing and dancing in peace and prosperity.


Only the people of China live in harmony, everywhere else they are living in an abyss of suffering.

星辰SS雷鸣闪电 [网易广东省佛山市网友]:

An abyss of suffering. Let them return to China and this kind of situation will “no longer exist”! Really!

jetcui2005 [网易广东省网友]:

We must liberate Taiwan!

雷帝嘎嘎 [网易广东省中山市网友]: (responding to above)

Yes, we must liberate our suffering compatriots!

惠色如故 [网易吉林省通化市网友]:

When I was small, I hated Chiang Kai-shek. After growing up, I find myself hating Chiang Kai-shek more and more.

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  • Jeff

    WOW sofa bioches

  • Brett Hunan

    ” Only the people of China live in harmony, everywhere else they are living in an abyss of suffering.”

    I just wanted everyone else to enjoy that netizens post too

    • Brett Hunan

      Shit…. i think i missed that all of those posts are supposed to be sarcastic. someone help me out here, im a bit off today and cant tell if they are 5mao or sarcastic.

    • donscarletti

      Sarcasm. He even wrote harmony as 河蟹 (river crab) rather than 和谐.

      • Brett Hunan

        I should read the translations more often

    • pada

      It’d be great if 1.2 million Taiwanese livng unwillingly under commie rule in mainland could have freedom to rally. Who said sugarcanes couldnt be sweet at both ends? Darn.

      • anon


  • Jeff

    And you mean they can openly protest in Taiwan and not get beat up, killed, or put in jail? Like in the USA?

    • mimomimo

      Yup that’s right. It’s always ALWAYS gotta come back to the US of A. No matter how irrelevant. Bravo “Jeff”, bravo.

      • Patrick

        Yeah, he forgot other “important” examples like Canada, Britain France…..on second thought fuck France. And the French Canadians, come to think of it fuck all the Canadians and the British. Fuck everybody, Jeff’s right we should all be as lucky as the Americans. Wait… I am American. Sad to say often I hate Americans. Screw it, Fuck everyone – let the Chinese sort ’em out.

    • My first day traveling in Taibei I found myself at a day of solidarity for alzheimer’s, dementia, nurses unions and motorcycle safety advocates. Oh and they had teenage break-dancers for entertainment. Taiwan > China

    • Chunghwa

      Russian joke time! Who want Russian joke? I tell Russian joke!

      Q: Hello Radio Yerevan, Is it true that there is freedom of speech in the Soviet Union the same as there is in the USA?

      A: In principle, yes. In the USA, you can stand in front of the White House in Washington, DC, and yell, “Down with Reagan!”, and you will not be punished. Just the same, you can stand in the Red Square in Moscow and yell, “Down with Reagan!”, and you will not be punished.

      Q: Radio Yerevan, What is the difference between the Constitutions of the USA and USSR? Both guarantee freedom of speech.

      A: Yes, but the Constitution of the USA also guarantees freedom after the speech.

      • Matt


      • pada

        Constitution of the USA also guarantees your arrest if you refuse to be arrested. That’s an American joke you are sure not able to enjoy.

        • A gawd dang Mongolian

          >No fun

      • pada

        –“Constitution of the USA also guarantees freedom after the speech”?

        Obama signed into law the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 which permit Secret Service agents to designate any place they wish as a place where free speech, association and petition of the government are prohibited. And it permits the Secret Service to make these determination based on the content of speech.
        Boy, your beloved Obama gives the Secret Service the same powers as SS had. Thats make US COnstitution as better joke than what you just told.

        • Luobo

          The US creep towards fascism continues unabated

        • matt

          That Act is a slight modification of a law (18 USC § 1752) that has been on the books since the 1970s. Secret Service agents have been able to block off areas for protesters for decades. It’s part of their job: protecting the president.

          And they don’t make a determination based on content of speech. It’s a decision about manner (i.e., disorderly or disruptive).

      • Dr. jeffli OB. GYN.

        As they in Beijing in response to political jokes-

        “Gheeeeeeeeeeeee gheeeee …gheeee”

    • Alan

      I await elijah, aka goateed hairy chested star tatooed one, to come on defending Taiwan, merely because his wife is half taiwanese.

      • Brett Hunan

        I await a day where I dont have to read your diarrhea

  • diverdude

    so excellent to see young people involved in something that matters. the true salvation of the human species.


    • Justin

      I wish I could be so optimistic. I used to protest. It’s fun to do when you are in school and don’t have shit else to do and it’s worthwhile to do if you are unemployed or particularly pissed off about some extreme injustice. But a good portion of young kids (I won’t say all of them or even most) who go out and protest just want to make noise and fuck things up or wear those masks from “V for Vendetta” while playing in a drum circle between bong hits and feeling self-satisfied that they’re “making a difference.”

      China seems to have more actual protests that involve real high stakes. If you don’t believe me, just Google “China mass incidents”. There are thousands a year. We used to just protest over every little thing and it didn’t do shit but make us feel better. Now people click “Like” on a Facebook Cause page and they think they’re Harriet Tubman. In a way, it shows the wisdom of the US government that they can lure dissidents into false complacency by allowing us to protest openly and even affording police protection to our legal marches so that we feel like we have had our voices heard, though politicians like George Bush can just dismiss it as a “focus group”. It’s a more subtle form of oppression that the CPC hasn’t quite mastered.

      • anon

        I hear you on the slacktivism as well as the “subtle form of oppression” interpretation. It’s been tossed around in academic circles (and amongst conspiracy theorists) for a long time. There is some merit and truth to it. The Chinese government allowing a measure of political dissent and criticism online has been seen as a release valve itself, part of the greater scheme of government social stability control. While the ease of protesting openly may actually result in less actual change effected, I still believe it’s better than making it harder to assemble and protest.

      • Little Wolf

        OWS, Trayvon Martin, SOPA……. But hey I salute you for your sit-in to force your college cafeteria to switch from regular mayonnaise to low-fat. You really stuck it to “The Man” on that one.

      • Notorious

        well said, justin. Worse, we’re so complacent and comfortable in all of our luxuries that we’re unwilling to give anything up. We’ll protest the oil companies then jump into our SUV with its 15 Miles per gallon gas and drive home. I remember the bus boycott back in the 1950s when Rosa park was arrested for refusing to give her seat up to a white man. Whites and blacks walked miles and miles to work protesting and boycotting the bus lines until people were allowed to sit where they wanted regardless of race. That was a protest. People gave something up to make a point. Now imagine if we stopped buying gas and walked our fat asses to work and school or rode our bikes. Imagine how gas prices would “magically” drop to a reasonable rate.

        We could shut america down simply by refusing to shop for one to three day, the entire country. Trust me, it would never come to that point because we’d get what we want before congress ever allowed it to happen.

  • bert

    I love to see people protest over things most of them have never done, work.

    They would feel at home with 99% of the 99% jackasses.

  • Notorious

    The guy with the yellow sign in the third picture. Oy@ his face!

    • mr. wiener

      Not sure about the gender of anyone in that pic *sigh*. I’m getting old.

      • Dat Ankle

        Dont worry, I had a hard time too.

        • anon

          Haha, I laughed.

    • A GUY

      I can actually hear his nerd screech.

    • Boris

      Song of the photo:
      ‘The Devil’s Haircut’.

  • typingfromwork

    Could it be? Protesting without rioting? actually creative displays? No kettling, rampant pepper spraying or illegal holding cells?

    This looks like a protest from the 60s. Obviously Taiwanese democracy has not evolved to the advanced stage of Western governance yet. Give it another couple of decades.

    Oh yeah, and you wouldn’t be able to see this kind of stuff on the mainland unless you were hopped up on mushrooms, what a bunch of freedom hating Commies, etc, etc.

    • donscarletti

      Funny, just a few decades ago, the KMT ran a totalitarian government and inflicted “white terror” on the Taiwanese population. I believe these things comes in cycles.

  • Song of the Article

    -Teresa Tang


  • Notorious

    also, the guys in this pictures are wearing EXTREMELY dorky haircuts. what’s up with that? Some of them uneven, some of them too poufy, some of them like mushrooms and just completely unflattering to the face.

    • cc

      There isn’t a single person in those pictures who looks a day over 18, I would say there all students who have shite jobs working in McDonald’s to pay there way through college, hence the dorky haircuts.

      • Notorious

        okay, that makes sense. most asian people appear young to me so i cannot discern an age. but still, there ought to be someone in their dorms who should learn to cut hair by practicing on the others.

      • bert

        Is that a leaf or a vagina?

        • mr. wiener

          you saw right, ’tis beef curtains.

  • Rick in China

    Boring thread. Boring story. *Yawn*

    • another reminder that Hans in taiwan are just noisy protesters. these guys would show these kids what real civil disobedience was back in 1935

      • mr. wiener

        Saw a fella with those facial tats on the train to the East coast yesterday. Everyone was afraid to sit next to him.

      • A GUY

        While that movie looks bad ass, I still think your just reaching for another chance to shit talk the Japanese. When does it come out? i wants to sees it.

        • 5/1 in the USA and the rest of the world , already out in taiwan and HK i believe

  • Lewis Ranja

    How confusing! If Taiwan is truly part of China, then why are these people allowed to have protests? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . . . . . .

  • Li Peng

    Taiwan is great because it has freedom and none of those dirty Indians that are found in Hong Kong. Taiwanese are much nicer people than Hong Kongers too.

  • Li Peng

    Don’t get me wrong – Taiwan has its faults. But people behave better than in China, although not as nice as people in Japan.

    • mr. wiener

      ..Which for me is Taiwan’s best feature. A veneer of Japanese manners over OLD Chinese [pre cultural revolution] mores. Call it China lite if you like. I call it just right.
      HongKong is good too, though the people have a bit more of an attitude and don’t even talk to me about “Disneyland with a death sentence”.

  • Johnny Basic

    This kind of contrast with the civilized parts of the Sinosphere makes stuff like this – – even more embarrassing for the Locust Nation.

    Thankfully, to judge from the translated netizen comments, mainlanders are increasingly aware of the massive gap between the PRC and TW/HK/MC.

  • Dr. jeffli OB. GYN.

    “Only the people of China live in harmony, everywhere else they are living in an abyss of suffering.”

    Finally! Sarcasm in China!

    and almost decromacy in Taiwan lol.