TheAmericanNomad wrote:What kind of rights are afforded to Taiwanese expats?
I understand its a "free" country, but I am wondering how that applies to non citizens, could expats for an example, participate in political protests? What about organizing political protests?
Do rights increase the more "permanent" an expat is? Like if you get a PRAC or get married or whatever?
Generally speaking, rights of protest of foreigners are more a matter of what the authorities allow rather than constitutional guarantees backed by years of clear, favorable precedent and sympathy from the courts and society at large.
Again generally speaking, participating s in a legal, nonviolent protest or demonstration is unlikely to bring you trouble. (I've been in more than a few. No one batted an eye.) Organizing one would be another matter -- with the consequences probably dependent upon a number of factors, including (1) how many influential Taiwanese showed up for your side, (2) who or what you're protesting against. For example, if you organize something calling on China to use traditional Chinese characters you might make some friends. But if you as a newbie wanted to, say, organize a protest against exploitation of blue-collar foreigners in Taiwan, you probably wouldn't have a long tenure on the island.
Remember, purposes of residency are specific. If you're here on a work-related ARC, as far as the authorities are concerned that doesn't mean you're authorized to stir up shit.
And getting on stage during a political campaign rally and speaking in favor of a candidate would probably get you deported.
But, really, you'd be better off if you simply wait until you've been here long enough to know what's what.