TAIPEI (The China Post) — CTi News Weatherman James Tai (戴立綱) and ex-news anchor Wang Yu-cheng (王又正) issued statements Wednesday in response to an incident earlier that day in front of the CTi News building.
A 70-year-old man, surnamed Sun (孫), allegedly self-immolated in protest against a government media watchdog’s decision not to renew the TV station’s license.
Chinese-language media reported that he screamed, “Why did you fire Wang Yu-cheng? Where are you going to find another anchor like him?” after asking a security guard to give a red envelope to James Tai.
The security guard quickly interfered and doused the flames with a fire extinguisher. The elderly man was soon transferred to the Tri-Service General Hospital (三軍總醫院) and treated for second degree burns to his face and upper body.
In response to the incident, Wang released a statement on his Facebook fan page, “Play it My Way 2020” (正常發揮), explaining that he was very saddened, sorry and felt guilty after hearing of the news while out with friends.
“I just want to tell you: I love you, and no matter what, the last thing I would want to see is you (the fans) getting hurt,” Wang wrote.
He also stressed that there is always time and room for discussions of different opinions, whether calmly or passionately, but would never want fans to endanger their lives, health or safety to do so.
CTi News weatherman James Tai also wrote on his Facebook page about the incident. “Thank you for the support to CTi News; we’ll continue to go full-steam ahead. However, please protect our friends, our family, and most importantly, yourselves.”
He emphasized that only with a healthy body can they continue forward and added, “In times like these, thank you to our friends, but please remember to remain calm and refrain from doing anything drastic or impulsive.”
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