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Student activist denied entrance to Hong Kong

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Student activist leader Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) was deported to Taiwan yesterday after being denied entrance to Hong Kong by its customs authorities.

Chen jokingly described the incident as a “half-day trip” to Hong Kong, saying that it would be more of a trip if he checked into the Novotel.

It was not made clear why Chen was denied entrance and later deported, but Chen has previously reported that he was also denied a Hong Kong e-visa when he and several other student activists tried to apply online.

Chen showed his Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents at the Taoyuan International Airport yesterday, stating that he was worried the travel document may be confiscated and that he would be sent back to Taiwan.

The student activist had flown to Hong Kong in hopes of supporting a local protest, as many in Hong Kong are currently pushing for the full implementation of universal suffrage and are calling for residents to occupy its main financial district.

June 30, 2014    Mordrake@
Good that he has been denied entry. We may not agree with his role in staging the recent coup d-etat in the LY (the usual expression used when a group of people takes over a country's parliament), but in Taiwan he is free to espouse the most radical range of political views.

However - other countries or jurisdictions are not obliged to welcome him to their shores if he is going to cause trouble. In any other country, Citizens rights are not automatically extended to visitors (aka aliens), and Chen should not be afforded any special treatment. It is quite right and proper that immigration authorities should screen any visa applicant and deny entry to those who do not intend to be well behaved.

A guest is a guest. And it is at the host's discretion whether or not to invite a guest. And the forbearance of guests is entirely at the hosts' pleasure.
June 30, 2014    miller.henry641@
LOL...and this surprises exactly who?
This guy is a known "professional protestor" and it is quite normal for other countries to not grant admission to known provocateurs.

Relax, the PNG (persona non-grata) status has an expiration date. Maybe a follow-up story will tell us when that date is.

Try Singapore...LOL!
June 30, 2014    piawliangjohny@
what he will do in Hong Kong...
June 30, 2014    BoogurTwang@
piawliangjohny@ wrote:
what he will do in Hong Kong...
Organize and assist in efforts to disrupt the peaceful and harmonious society which exists in Hong Kong.
July 1, 2014    cloggedwithguts@
And he's holding a "Taiwanese Compatriot Pass" issued by China which he hates with a passion...he's not a good Taiwanese.
July 1, 2014    ludahai_twn@
Generally, democratic countries will allow protesters into the country providing they were not violent and there is no criminal record.
July 1, 2014    chiptw@
Hmmmm, I just wonder how a 'student provocateur' is able to have dispensable income to 'spend' flying into HK to just voice your 'opinion' when you are not sure of entering -- ha the days of a student life....sounds like a deliberate 'publicity stunt'.
July 1, 2014    cloggedwithguts@
ludahai_twn@ wrote:
Generally, democratic countries will allow protesters into the country providing they were not violent and there is no criminal record.
I'm sure that it's not going to matter much for him...he can have his travel expenses reimbursed by the DPP...
July 2, 2014    johnny.brian@
I am not sure if he would travel to other countries (excluding HK, Tibet and Mainland), will the world listen to him? His voice only heard in Taiwan, around the media to increase daily circulations and the opposition party to add a radical/rebel.
July 4, 2014    skylarjones@
@Mordrake -
Except, according to the mainland authorities, he's part of the PRC.
July 7, 2014    richchen35@
This guy is clearly an A student......... A..hole............lol..........
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Student activist leader Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) shows his Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents at the Taoyuan International Airport yesterday. Chen was heading to Hong Kong without a visa, as he was previously denied an e-visa application last week and was later refused entrance by the Hong Kong customs authorities. (CNA)

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