Joshua Wong speaks about struggle for democracy

’CHINA FACTOR’:Wong told dozens of students about his participation in the ‘Umbrella movement’ in 2014 and the Hong Kong legislative election last year

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 16, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

Following an uneventful arrival in Taiwan on Saturday night, Hong Kong democracy campaigner Joshua

Hong Kong democracy campaigner Joshua Wong, left, is escorted by aviation police through immigration at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Saturday. Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei 2Times

Wong (黃之鋒) yesterday spoke to a group of Taiwanese students in Taipei about his involvement in the territory’s struggle for self-determination.

Wong was escorted by police at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport after disembarking, and his speech was marked by a heavy police presence, although there was no protest of any kind.

Wong and three Hong Kong lawmakers, Edward Yiu (姚松炎), Nathan Law (羅冠聰) and Eddie Chu (朱凱迪), were confronted by a group of pro-unification protesters on their arrival at Taoyuan Airport on Jan. 7, with protesters attempting to break a police cordon to attack the four, who were invited to participate in forums organized by the New Power Party.

Wong said he was more confident in the Taiwanese police force’s investigation efficiency than in their Hong Kong counterparts.

Only four people were arrested for attacking Law at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday last week, while 13 people were arrested in Taiwan for attempting to attack Wong and the three pro-localization lawmakers, he said.

Wong said he had not taken any special measures to prevent more conflict with protesters and had only asked the event organizer to attend to his safety.

The event — organized by a think tank affiliated with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) — was to familiarize college students with cross-strait political and economic interactions.   [FULL  STORY]

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