Date
21 January 2017
Lin Guanhua (inset) was a leader of a student protest movement against proposed curriculum changes. Photos: Reuters, Apple Daily
Lin Guanhua (inset) was a leader of a student protest movement against proposed curriculum changes. Photos: Reuters, Apple Daily

Taiwan curriculum protest leader commits suicide

A leader of a Taiwan student movement against curriculum changes has committed suicide.

Apple Daily is reporting that Lin Guanhua, a spokesman for the Anti-Curriculum Changes Alliance, was found dead in his room on Thursday, his 20th birthday.

The windows had been sealed and a charcoal grill was found in the room.

Lin was arrested last week, along with 30 others after they burst into the Ministry of Education building to protest changes to the high school curriculum.

He was released on NT$20,000 (US$633) bail and faced criminal charges.

In his last conversation with his family, Lin complained about not being able to do “what’s right and fight for what we want”.

The proposed curriculum adjustments raised controversy after critics called it a return to a “China-centric” historical view.

It includes the removal or revision of key incidents in Taiwanese history from textbooks.

On Thursday, students gathered outside the Ministry of Education building to demand officials drop charges relating to last week’s break-in.

They also pressed the ministry to stop the planned curriculum changes and demanded the resignation of Education Secretary Wu Se-hwa.

On Friday, they began occupying the grounds after climbing over walls, vowing to stay until Wu resigned.

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