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Political activities may soon be banned in national parks in Taiwan

2018/10/18 23:16:42

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Taipei, Oct. 18 (CNA) Political activities, including campaigns that seek partisan support or promotion, could soon be banned in national parks across Taiwan, the Construction and Planning Agency announced Thursday.

In a statement, the agency which is under the Ministry of the Interior, said in order to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for visitors, activities promoting any political ideologies could soon be banned in Taiwan's national parks.

The announcement came in the wake of a recent incident, in which a local politician waved the People's Republic of China flag and chanted communist slogans on the peak of Yushan, the highest mountain in Taiwan.

To ensure neutrality, Taiwan's national parks will not welcome anyone with political affiliations to fly or hang political banners or signs, the statement said.

The agency said it is working on a proposed amendment to the National Park Act that will ban political activities in national parks, for future legislative review.

(By Pan Tzi-yu and Ko Lin)