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Banner ripped from student protesters at Zhang Zhijun appearance
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-26 03:42 PM
Zhang Zhijun, director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, was greeted by a throng of well-wishers shouting welcome at an activity center in Xizhi’s Hou-de borough, but there were also students holding up banners with slogans like, "Taiwan's future is none of your bloody business.” Several students said they were having breakfast in a room on the first floor of the center when the borough chief showed up with several police officers and began exhorting them to "Please go, please go." They said the police tailed them all the way out of the area and ripped away their protest banners. They angrily asked, "All this for one a Chinese official? Is martial law in effect on Taiwan awain? Is this Taiwan or is it China? We’re done for!"

Zhang Zhijun arrived slightly behind schedule in Xizhi to find hundreds of police officers ringing the activity center. A handful of Falun Gong members in the street were waving signs saying "Falun Dafa is good" and "Stop Persecuting Falun Gong." There were also friendlier banners, some saying "Support Cross-strait Peace," “Two Sides, One Family” and "A Warm Welcome to Zhang Zhijun."

As Zhang stepped out of a car a large number of people shouted "Welcome", while students waved banner telling Zhang to keep his fingers out of Taiwan's business. They were blocked out by a number of policemen, one of whom yanked a banner away from the students.

Zhang disappeared into the activity center, but outside the sparring continued. A neighborhood watch team came out and asked the students not to interfere with the activities. The students asked what law they were breaking and an older member of the watch team responded, "you’re not breaking any law, but for political reasons, you just can’t do that today! "

After confronting the watch team for several moments the students decided to lighten up, saying they wanted to buy some vegetables at the market!" The police refused to yield, however,, and finally the students turned to leave.

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