Masked people confront HK lawmakers

INTIMIDATION:Protests and a verbal assault against Hong Kong lawmakers were aimed at telling them never to return to Taiwan, the vice chairman of a pro-unification group said

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 08, 2017
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter

Several people wearing masks confronted pro-localization Hong Kong lawmakers who arrived in Taipei

Pro-unification protesters chant slogans outside the Songjiang 101 International Convention Center in Taipei during a political forum hosted by the New Power Party yesterday. Photo: AFP / Sam YEH

late on Friday night, sparking allegations of an attempt by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to interfere with their meetings in Taiwan.

Hong Kong lawmakers Edward Yiu (姚松炎), Nathan Law (羅冠聰) and Eddie Chu (朱凱迪) arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport after midnight and were confronted by more than 100 protesters associated with the pro-unification Patriot Association.

Several people wearing masks and black clothes rushed toward the lawmakers as they walked into the airport lobby, shouting at them to leave Taiwan, before a police escort held them back, allowing the lawmakers to make their way to a waiting car.

The incident raised suspicions of CCP involvement to hamper planned exchanges between the lawmakers and the New Power Party (NPP), which invited them to participate in two political forums over the weekend.    [FULL  STORY]

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