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Taiwan expresses regret over deportation of activist by Hong Kong
Central News Agency
2014-06-29 10:54 PM
Taipei, June 29 (CNA) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Sunday expressed regret over the deportation of a Taiwanese student activist by Hong Kong authorities earlier in the day. In response to the deportation of Chen Wei-ting, a student leader of the Sunflower Movement that occupied Taiwan's Legislature for more than three weeks in March, the MAC also called for Hong Kong to ensure the protection of freedom and human rights. The MAC said it will contact the Hong Kong government to learn the reason for its decision to deport Chen. Chen returned to Taiwan Sunday night after Hong Kong immigration authorities denied him entry into the former British colony earlier in the day. Hong Kong immigration officers told Chen that he was denied entry due to "political reasons," according to a spokeswoman for Taiwan March, a group initiated by Chen and other activists. Hong Kong's Immigration Department declined to comment on "any individual case" when asked about Chen's deportation, Hong Kong media reported. Chen was trying to enter Hong Kong with a valid Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan residents, which is a proper travel document required of Taiwanese nationals visiting Hong Kong, but he was denied entry after his arrival in Hong Kong. To visit Hong Kong, Taiwanese nationals must present such travel document or apply for pre-arrival registration through an online system. Chen's application for pre-arrival registration for Hong Kong made a few days ago was denied. Chen flew to Hong Kong at around noon Sunday intending to support the Occupy Central campaign that is pushing for the full implementation of universal suffrage there and participate in a rally slated for July 1. (By Stanley Cheung, Scarlett Chai and Elaine Hou)
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