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Taipei Art Community Resists Government's Heavy Hand

by David Frazier

External shot of artist Yeh Wei-li's studio at Treasure Hill.

In Taipei city this april, prosecutors dropped criminal charges of "illegal occupation" against artist Lee Guo-min and two other individuals after they overstayed their lease at the squatter community and artist village Treasure Hill. The decision brings an anti-climactic resolution to the yearlong struggle by Treasure Hill residents - mainly aging KMT veterans and fringe artists~to retain their common home.

In January, more than 200 police officers forcibly evicted the community in an incident involving…

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