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Interior Ministry: Chang An-le a citizen of ROC, not PRC
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-04-02 12:11 PM
Interior Minister Chen Wei-zen told the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Legislative Yuan Wednesday that the “White Wolf” Chang An-le is an ROC citizen and that he is currently "not wanted" by authorities in relation to violations of non-citizens’ rights. Many observers have been questioning Chang’s presence at the Legislative Yuan Tuesday to “protest the protest” that has seen students occupying the Assembly Hall since March 18. Some suggest that Chang is a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and is therefore not allowed to take part in political activities in Taiwan.

Chang drew a great deal of attention during his appearance outside the Legislative Yuan when he grabbed a microphone to chastise the students holding the protest, "You do not deserve to be Chinese" and "You were all [begotten by] Chinese!" The remarks upset many at the scene and led many commentators to question Chang’s nationality and his right to speak out at the protest.

Minister Chen attempted to clarify Chang’s status Tuesday, saying that the White Wolf has not produced any kind of proof that he is a citizen of the PRC and the ministry has no way to independently verify his status in China. Thus as far as the Interior Ministry is concerned, said Chen, he is a citizen of Taiwan and the Republic of China.

Chen reiterated his statement regarding Chang Wednesday, telling reporters, "As we understand it, the White Wolf holds ROC nationality and he is not currently wanted for any violations regarding his citizenship."

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