Date: 12 April 2016
Kenya police used force to put Taiwanese on plane to China- Taiwan
Kenyan police broke through a police station wall and threw tear gas canisters to force a second group of Taiwanese on to a Chinese plane on Tuesday, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said, in a bizarre diplomatic row in which Taiwan has accused China of abduction.
The Kenyan government and police were not immediately available for comment.
Taiwan on Monday accused China, which regards the self-ruled island as a breakaway province, of kidnapping eight of its nationals, who it said had been acquitted in a cyber crime case in Kenya, and deporting them to China on Friday from the Nairobi district of Kilimani. It said China had pressured Kenyan police to put the eight on the plane.
On Tuesday, another 37 Taiwan nationals were forced on to a Chinese plane, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said.
“The 15 locked up at the police station steadfastly refused to be deported (to China),” said Antonio C.S. Chen, the chief of Taiwan’s foreign ministry department in charge of West Asian and African Affairs.
“So police broke through the wall, threw tear gas and then about 10 police entered with assault rifles,” Chen told a news briefing in Taipei. [FULL STORY]