A source told Taiwan's Central News Agency that the five Hongkongers had been detained, but they are not being held incommunicado as some reports have suggested. File image: Shutterstock
Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) quoted a source on Sunday as confirming reports that five Hongkongers who attempted to reach the island by boat have been detained there.
Just a day before, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council had refused to confirm or deny claims that the five had been held in the southern city of Kaohsiung for almost two months.
Earlier media reports said the five, who were said to have taken part in anti-government protests in Hong Kong, were intercepted by the Taiwanese coast guard as their boat drifted near the Dongsha Islands. [FULL STORY]