A Tibetan protestor being wrestled to the ground at Taipei’s Taoyuan Airport, during Mayor Guo Jinlong’s Taiwan visit.
Beijing’s mayor arrived at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport on Thursday, and was received with the traditional welcome party for Chinese officials, with around 80 anti-China protestors and activists composed of Tibetans and Falun Gong practitioners waiting for Guo at the airport with signs and banners accusing him of genocide.
Mayor Guo Jinlong is the highest ranking Chinese official to visit Taiwan since President Ma Ying-jeou won re-election earlier this month. He was flanked by an estimated 200 policemen as he arrived at the airport, while protestors shouted slogans and displayed banners at the airport’s arrival lobby.
One Tibetan activist was carried away by four policemen, while dozens of Falun Gong practitioners called Guo a “human rights villain” and filed a lawsuit against him earlier in the day.
Taiwanese Falun Gong spokeswoman Teresa Chu called on prosecutors to summon Guo Jinlong for suppressing their movement as well as Tibetans, and asked for Guo to “be arrested on charges of genocide.”
Guo is in Taiwan to facilitate cultural and economic exchanges between Taiwan and the city of Beijing.
The Jiangsu native took up his post as Mayor of Beijing in 2008, and also served as the Executive President of the organizing committee responsible for managing the Beijing Olympics. Guo also held various positions in Sichuan and Anhui, as well as serving in Tibet from 1993 to 2004.