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DPP backs HK students' right to freedom of speech in Taiwan

2012/05/16 22:03:52

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Wednesday it will look into official irregularity over an incident a day earlier in which three Hong Kong students were taken away for protesting outside Hong Kong's representative office in Taipei.

DPP Acting Chairwoman Chen Chu said in a statement that Taiwan is a land of democracy and any voices and opinions should be able to be delivered freely, adding that the government should do everything to protect freedom of speech in the country.

Chen said she expressed her concerns to the three students over the incident and will ask the party's legislative caucus to look into possible negligence by related officials.

The statement came after three Hong Kong students in Taiwan protested at the opening of the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei over what they described as the Hong Kong government's suppression of freedom of expression in the special administrative region.

The students were immediately pulled away from the scene by security guards at the office.

(By Lin Shen-hsu and Jamie Wang)