A group of around 50 people gathered this evening at the gate of a military base in Kaohsiung to demand an apology for the cruel killing of a dog by soldiers.
Earlier in the day, eggs had been thrown into the camp by passers-by.
The controversy erupted after Kaohsiung Mayor, Chen Xinyu uploaded a video to You Tube June 26 that showed soldiers hanging a young, white dog. The soldiers had beaten the dog with sticks before hanging it. After it died, one soldier was heard saying “don’t come back as a stupid dog in your next life”.
Public anger led to an apology from the Defense Minister today.
Military authorities said that nine people had been reprimanded over the incident, of which three will be punished. The three appeared with their squad-leader in a one minute video which was uploaded to the group’s Facebook page tonight. The men bowed in apology.