Taiwan welcomes 'friends from HK' fleeing turmoil

Local | 19 Jul 2019 7:11 pm

Taiwan said it was ready to help Hong Kong residents who feel they are in danger due to political reasons as a media report said nearly 30 anti-extradition protesters who took part in the siege of Legco have already sought asylum in the island, RTHK reports.
In a statement today, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council said that it will deal with the matter in accordance with human rights' principles. But it did not say if anyone from Hong Kong has sought help.
"(We) can provide necessary assistance to Hong Kong residents whose safety and freedom are in urgent danger due to political reasons," it said.
According to Apple Daily, nearly 30 anti-extradition protesters have already sought refuge there and another 30 is planning to. Radio Free Asia meanwhile said that charities on the island are already looking after about 10 protesters.
Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen, speaking on a diplomatic visit to the Caribbean, said that the "friends from Hong Kong" will be treated in a proper and humanitarian way.

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