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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.

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