Migrant worker fight in Kaohsiung leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

Kaohsiung-A fight between Philippine and Indonesian fishing boat workers in Kaohsiung early Sunday left one Filipino dead and three others injured and led to the arrest of six Indonesians, according to Port of Kaohsiung police.

The police said they received a report at around 12:30 a.m. that a fight occurred on a squid fishing boat at Chienchen Fishing Port and when they reached the scene, they learned that four Philippine fishing boat workers were injured, with two of them falling into the sea.

Police found the two Philippine workers who were in the water and brought them back to the boat, but one Filipino identified only by the name Antolin had lost consciousness and was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.

They then conducted a search of the boat and its toilet and ended up arresting six Indonesian crew members while seizing three aluminum sticks and five wooden batons that police say were used during the attack against the four Filipinos.

According to a police investigation, the six Indonesian workers employed on three different fishing boats met on the squid fishing boat and got involved in an altercation with the Philippine workers on the same boat who were relaxing and drinking.

The six Indonesians used aluminum and wooden sticks they grabbed from the boat's stairwell to attack the four Filipinos, police said, without disclosing the motive behind the attack.

Although the four Filipinos fought back, they were outnumbered and had to give in, and one of them jumped to his death from the boat's deck.

The case has been referred to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel