stormed Hong Kong’s legislature building earlier this month are seeking shelter in Taiwan and President Tsai Ing-wen appears open to the idea.ore than 30 protesters who
The storming of the Legislative Council building on July 1 was one of the most explosive events from the weeks of mass protests in Hong Kong that was triggered by a proposed law which would allow suspects to be taken to mainland China for trial.
Asylum in Taiwan?
Citing unnamed sources, Apple Daily reports that at least 30 individuals, many of them students, who participated in the LegCo storming have arrived in Taiwan looking to stay, either by applying for student visas or by seeking asylum.
The protesters are reportedly spread throughout the island. Some have received help from non-profit organizations and some are acting under legal advice.
When asked about the report on Friday, Tsai said that relevant departments were aware of the situation and that the “friends from Hong Kong” would be “treated in an appropriate way on humanitarian grounds.”
A coming immigration wave?
Already, some prominent Hong Kong dissidents have relocated to Taiwan including Lam Wing-kee, one of the five Hong Kong booksellers who disappeared back in 2015 only to turn up months later in Chinese custody.
Lam left Hong Kong for Taiwan in April, just after the controversial extradition bill was proposed. He spoke last month at a rally against pro-China media in Taipei, telling the crowd: “If Taiwan is ruled by the mainland in the future, every one of you might have to run for your lives just like me.”
Between January and April of this year, 400 Hongkongers migrated to Taiwan, a figure that is up 40 percent from the same period last year.