Date: Oct 01, 2015
By: Chris Fuchs / Contributing reporter in New York
Dozens of Taiwanese Americans protested Taiwan’s exclusion from the UN this past week
as Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) joined other world leaders in addressing the 70th UN General Assembly in New York City.
The Taiwanese American Association of New York (TAANY) held two separate sit-ins — one on Friday last week and one on Monday — at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the UN to advocate for religious freedom in China and to protest China’s aggression toward Taiwan, TAANY board member Jennifer Liu (劉佩芸) said.
“Today’s message was more like ‘China — hands off Taiwan,’” Liu said of Monday’s protest, which was timed to coincide with Xi’s speech to the General Assembly.
Liu said the rallies attracted between 50 and 80 people from nearby states and from as far away as Maryland and Virginia.
Clad in black-and-white “Keep Taiwan Free” T-shirts, demonstrators called for Taiwan to be included in the UN, she said. [FULL STORY]