In Oct 2008, while visiting a Confucius temple in Taiwan, Vice Chairman Zhang Mingqing (张铭清) of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait was shoved around and pushed down. However, I would like to point out that he is also the Dean of the school of journalism of the University of Xiamen and is on a scholarly visit with no official function. After he managed to get into the car, an overzealous attacker even climbed on the roof of the car and jumped up and down. If one want to guess what the cultural revolution looked like, this should be pretty close.
Here’s a video of the incident. You be the judge.
At that time there are actually three plain clothe police officers escorting him but as can be seen from the video, they are totally overwhelmed. To the credit of the court in Taiwan, the assailants were later charged and fined, although all pleaded innocence. The instigator and main assailant at that time was Wang Dingyu (王定宇), a little known city councillor from the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party). Wang became famous after the incident and was eventually nominated as a candidate for the 2012 legislative election. Although it is old news by now, in the April of this year Wang was investigated by the police for embezzling the donation for the victims of the 2009 Typhoon Morakot which leave 461 people dead. His case is now pending. DDP spokesman said that if charged Wang’s candidacy would be dropped.
Here’s another video where Wang said he was just helping Zhang to get up. Again you be the judge.
I remember this news elicit a major debate here hence I post the latest update.