In Taiwan, a generational rift opens over Hong Kong protests

Mr Alex Ko, administrator at Che Lam Presbyterian Church in Taipei, who convinced his fellow parishioners to ship thousands of gas masks and goggles to help protesters in Hong Kong.
Mr Alex Ko, administrator at Che Lam Presbyterian Church in Taipei, who convinced his fellow parishioners to ship thousands of gas masks and goggles to help protesters in Hong Kong.ST PHOTO: JEFFREY HUTTON

TAIPEI - Church official Alex Ko knows more than most what tear gas feels like and what it can do to a person.

When the soft-spoken, bespectacled young man was 18, he enrolled in the National Defence University aiming to become an accountant with dreams of safe-guarding military budgets from plunder.

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