Chinese student to be probed over removal of pro-democracy messages

10/03/2019 08:57 PM
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Taipei, Oct. 3 (CNA) A case involving a Chinese exchange student, who allegedly ripped down messages that had been posted at a Taiwan university in support of the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, has been handed over to prosecutors for further investigation, police said Thursday.

Hsinchu City police said they received a report from National Tsing Hua University's student union about a woman holding a pink umbrella, who had committed an act of vandalism on the school campus before entering the university library.

With the help of video footage, police said, they were able to identify the female Chinese student, who was seen at 12:55 p.m. on Sept. 30 tearing down several messages that had been posted on a wall on the school campus in support of the ongoing democracy movement in Hong Kong.

During initial questioning, the woman said she had torn down the messages because they contained radical comments, police said.

It was the second such case in a week, following an incident on Sept. 27, when a visiting Chinese couple was seen carrying out similar actions at National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) in Kaohsiung. The couple subsequently apologized to the NSYSU student union, and the case was dropped.

The two alleged acts of vandalism on school campuses were the latest in a string of incidents involving friction between Chinese and Hong Kong students or visitors in Taiwan since the pro-democracy protests erupted in Hong Kong in June.

Given the growing number of such incidents in Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Thursday, the relevant authorities should restrict arrivals. She did not elaborate.

Also commenting on the issue, Mainland Affairs Council spokesman Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said that although Taiwan is a democratic society, violent acts against others are illegal and will not be tolerated.

The relevant agencies have the right to revoke the entry permits of people who commit illegal acts in Taiwan or to refuse them entry again, he said.

(By Flor Wang and Miao Chung-hen)


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