HK bookseller says China behind attack

SUSPECTS OUT ON BAIL: The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office said it has applied with the High Court to have the three returned to detention as it searches for others involved

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 24, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

A message posted yesterday by “Jonathan Gao” on the Mainland Affairs Council’s Facebook page, making a threat to Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee, who plans to open a new bookstore in Taipei tomorrow.
Photo taken from the Mainland Affairs Council’s Facebook page

Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee (林榮基) said that China was behind an attack against him, after his three alleged assailants were released on bail yesterday.

“The Chinese Communist Party’s proxies have a history of attacks carried out against Hong Kongers who fled to Taiwan,” Lam told reporters. “Now they are only causing trouble for Hong Kongers, but later they will make trouble for Taiwanese.”

Lam said that he would be more vigilant.

“I was quite surprised to hear that the suspects got released on bail so quickly,” he added. “I am, of course, fearful and will avoid walking down dark alleys.”

Lam was co-owner of Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay Books (銅鑼灣書店), but was kidnapped in 2015 and detained in China for eight months for selling books banned by the Chinese government.

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