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New Free Speech Podium Established at 228 Peace Memorial Park

The Free Speech Podium at 228 Memorial ParkRanked as one of the world’s best cities to live in, Taipei boasts characteristics such as openness, diversity, and tolerance. To allow the public to voice their opinions and thoughts openly, the Parks and Street Lights Office (PSLO) has set up a free speech podium inside the 228 Peace Park.
 
According to the agency, the city government hopes to provide the public with a platform to express their thoughts and allow them to debate ideas in an open manner. Through this open platform, it wishes to encourage the public to speak freely and encourage more interactions and exchanges.
 
Taking the inspiration from the Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park, PSLO set up the Free Speech Podium at the plaza in front of the 228 Memorial Hall inside the park.
 
The podium is open to the public between 8 AM and 10 PM daily. In compliance with noise control regulations and effort to minimize impact upon the neighborhood and nearby NTU hospital, the use of loudspeakers and similar equipment is prohibited at the podium.
 
During public speaking, the speaker should comply with Autonomous Act for Park Administration of Taipei City, Social Order Maintenance Act, and other regulations. Those involving mass gatherings should submit applications to police authorities ahead of time in accordance with regulations.