|Chinese to English: News Article from Yahoo Taiwan|
General field: Art/Literary
Detailed field: Journalism
|Source text - Chinese|
|Translation - English|
Students Attacked While Out on a Night-Time Ride. Foreign Fishermen Suspected
Five vocational students were attacked by foreign fishermen as they rode their motorcycles through Kaoshiung’s Qianzhen Harbor on the night of June 18th. The assailants numbered anywhere from 20 to 40, and they were armed with beer bottles and bricks.
One of the victims was rushed to intensive care and her condition remains precarious. According to her father, she was riding first in a line when she was struck from her motorcycle by the unruly crowd. As the mob descended, punching and kicking her as she lay helpless, the rest of the motorcycles in the line rode off.
A lack of on-site CCTV footage has made it hard for the police to identify the attackers. The two Filipino suspects identified by students, a man and a woman, both deny any involvement in the incident. With no new leads, the case risks becoming bogged down.
Back at the scene of the crime the ground is still littered with fragments of broken glass. There Chen’s mother stands, clutching some of her daughter’s clothes tightly as she repeats her loved one’s name. She hopes that doing so will somehow help her daughter wake up from her coma. Back at the hospital intensive care unit, Chen's father struggles to understand why his daughter was attacked, but talking about it only serves to make him angrier.
When asked about his daughter, he says, "the first rider hit her, and then the others rode off. 20, 30 guys come down on just her- just one person. They aren't fishermen. They're a mob.” He also vents some anger over the shipping companies’ lack of enthusiasm for getting to the bottom of the incident: “All these companies just deny any involvement and point their finger at the next company. Who could possibly know who’s really behind it?”
Chen’s father’s sentiments are mirrored by a statement we manage to obtain from one of the deckhand foremans working at the harbor: "We have around 35, 36 on board and they have nothing to do with last night’s incident.”
Attacks by drunken foreign deckhands in the harbour area have been a re-occurring theme of late, leaving local residents worried and anxious about when the next one will take place. Affected family members are finding it impossible to accept this terrible situation.