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Taiwan rights activist denied entry into Hong Kong to attend rally

Published on Jun 29, 2014 9:58 PM
 
One of the student protest leaders Chen Wei-ting (right) speaks as a group of demonstrators hold placards outside the hotel near the airport in Taoyuan on June 25, 2014. Chen Wei-ting, a Taiwanese rights activist and outspoken critic of his government's attempts to seek closer ties with Beijing criticised the Chinese authorities after he was denied entry to Hong Kong on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - A Taiwanese rights activist and outspoken critic of his government's attempts to seek closer ties with Beijing criticised the Chinese authorities after he was denied entry to Hong Kong on Sunday.

Mr Chen Wei-ting, a key figure in an unprecedented student-led protest occupation of Taiwan's Parliament earlier this year, had planned to attend a mass rally on Tuesday in Hong Kong in support of greater democracy there.

But he said he was immediately taken away and questioned by officials upon arrival at Hong Kong airport on Sunday afternoon. "They told me I could not enter Hong Kong due to 'political factors'," Mr Chen told AFP, adding that he was questioned for about an hour before being sent back to Taiwan.

Mr Chen said he had also planned to visit some friends organising an unofficial pro-democracy referendum in Hong Kong, reciprocating their support for the three-week-long Taiwanese protests against a proposed services trade pact with China.

 
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