KMT presidential candidate nearly hit by eggs at southern Taiwan rally

Han Kuo-yu’s campaign office said it does not want police to pursue case

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/10/20
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

KMT members join Han at Tainan rally. (CNA photo)
KMT members join Han at Tainan rally. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan New) — Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) narrowly avoided being hit by eggs at a campaign rally in Tainan on Friday evening (Oct. 19), with the attacker’s identity and motive currently unknown.

Chaos broke out as a man started to throw eggs at Han, who was about to get into a vehicle after finishing the event at around 8 p.m. The attacker reportedly threw three to four eggs, which missed Han, hitting instead a supporter and a bodyguard standing nearby.

The attacker escaped before anyone could react, but a witness later claimed that it was a man with a crew cut. Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said via Facebook shortly after the incident that he had instructed the National Police Agency to capture the attacker as soon as possible. “I will not tolerate violent behavior that challenges public authorities,” said Hsu, adding that he had also asked the NPA to tighten the mayor’s security detail.

Han’s campaign office, however, said it hopes the police do not pursue the case further. “Han Kuo-yu considers that everyone has their right to express different opinions,” the office said, adding that Han expresses his gratitude to the police and apologizes to those affected by the incident.

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