Roger Lin is well known as founder of Taiwan Civil Government. But who is Number Two? Meet Prime Minister Tsai Tsai-yuan. Although Tsai smiles with a twinkle in his eye when you call him Prime Minister it is clear that he means business about ridding Taiwan of the exiled Republic of China. Tsai is a revolutionary warrior of the first order.
A former political prisoner, Tsai suffered twelve years imprisonment at the notorious Green Island prison. Tsai also did another three years in a Taipei prison where he was kept shackled and handcuffed in his cell day and night for six months. Tsai’s crime was writing an essay in a political review journal.
Although Tsai is modest in telling of his years of sorrow, he is proud that his jailers never could break him. Tsai’s name and sentence dates are carved in stone at the Green Island Human Rights Memorial. Tsai’s picture is posted with other notable prisoners at the National Human Rights Museum.
Tsai is still at his life’s work, opposing the ROC. Tsai battles what he considers an occupation regime, as second in command at Taiwan Civil Government.
Tsai made the journey to Green Island to show his old cell, The cell, shared by fourteen men, was just large enough for all fourteen to lay down on the floor at once. There were no beds or eating utensils. Food was shoved through a hole in the door twice a day in large trays and the men would share the food as best they could.
Tsai kept track of conditions at the prison and with the help of another prisoner smuggled out three months of notes. The notes made their way to a professor in Switzerland who turned them over to the New York Times. The notes were traced to Tsai but he refused to say who helped him. Beaten and tortured (bamboo splinters under finger nails) Tsai would not betray a fellow inmate. Guards nicknamed him “Samurai” because of his willingness to die before betrayal.
Tsai has continued to write and speak and attend international conferences for human rights. When Tsai encountered TCG he realized his dream of finding a group willing to work full-time to free Taiwan. Now, as second in command, Tsai is fighting his final battle with the ROC. The Lins are being prosecuted under a new organized crime law that requires a minimum of three conspirators so Tsai was also arrested to bump up the sentences to a more serious level.
Suddenly, the man the ROC could not break at Green Island was once again in custody for his political activity. When prosecutors told Tsai his bail would be one million NTD he told them to lock him up. Faced with possible public sympathy for Tsai they lowered his bail to one fifth the original amount. Tsai considered refusing the lowered bond amount and remaining in jail as a protest. “At 4 am on the second day in jail I decided that TCG needed me outside to help steer the organization while Roger Lin was in jail so I accepted the reduced bail.”
Tsai is not afraid of ROC prosecutors and the allegations made against him of being an organized crime boss. Tsai says he has done nothing wrong and that there is nothing the ROC can do to him it has not already done.
Human rights advocate turned con man? Tsai Tsai-yuan is living proof that prosecutors have gone off-course. A man who endured torture to protect another inmate is not likely to cheat members of his own group with false claims about their identity cards.
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