A Hong Kong student attending the National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA) yesterday filed a report with police in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋) after two Chinese students removed notes from the “Lennon wall” on campus on Wednesday.
The pair were recorded tearing down notes from the wall at about 4am on Wednesday, said Cheung Chun-ho (張俊豪), a sophomore in the motion picture department.
Upset by the incident, other students soon replaced the messages that had been removed, he said.
Photo: Wu Po-hsuan, Taipei Times
Later on Wednesday, other Chinese students covered messages on the “Lennon wall” with blank sticky notes, he said.
Cheung and other Hong Kong students reached out to the first two Chinese through the university’s offices of international affairs and student affairs in hopes of communicating with them and learning their motives, he said.
However, at about 6pm on Saturday, they were told that the pair were unwilling to talk with them, he said.
“They were only willing to provide a written response and a written apology,” he said.
The “Lennon wall” on campus is a place where everyone, including Chinese students, can express their opinions, Cheung said, adding that he does not wish to see Taiwan’s freedom of speech destroyed.
The behavior of the Chinese students has “not only shown that Hong Kong is being suppressed, but also indirectly transferred violent behavior from Hong Kong to Taiwan,” he said.
While he and other students have no plans at the moment to look further into such actions, they believe the blank sticky notes were also a form of suppression, as well as being disrespectful of those students who had left messages on the wall, he said.
Such behavior is “not allowed in Taiwan,” he added.
The school has rules regarding how posters are displayed and managed, NTUA secretary-general Tsai Ming-yin (蔡明吟) said.
It has penalized the two Chinese students who tore down messages from the wall, she said.
It also held a meeting with the Chinese students who pasted blank notes over the wall, Hong Kong students and student union representatives, but the talks broke down as the Chinese were willing to apologize in writing and in person, but the Hong Kong students wanted a video recording, she said.
The university respects students’ freedom of speech and its rules must be followed, but it also wishes to create a safe and peaceful campus, she added.
Dignitaries from 47 countries yesterday congratulated President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on the commencement of her second term and highlighted Taiwan’s achievements in democracy and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent his congratulations a day earlier. As of noon yesterday, 263 high-ranking officials from 47 countries and global organizations had congratulated Tsai via statements, letters, social media posts or recorded footage, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, while releasing a collection of footage sent by selected dignitaries. The governments of Taiwan’s 15 diplomatic allies sent their congratulations, as did the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy,
REASSURING NUMBERS: Taiwan’s test capacity ranks sixth or seventh among 91 nations, and is not low compared with other nations, Chen Shih-chung said The quarantine period for foreigners visiting Taiwan for business would vary based on the COVID-19 situation of the nation or territory that they are coming from, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported the 13th consecutive day of no new cases. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, told reporters at the center’s daily briefing that modified rules covering foreign business visitors had been completed and were ready for him to sign. The complete details of the new rules would be released later this week, he said. Foreigners on long business trips would have
IN PROTEST: The US’ top diplomat said the WHA had been deprived of Taiwan’s scientific expertise, while Tsai said political factors should not be put above health US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Monday condemned Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Assembly (WHA), while President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday lodged a strong protest against the WHO for not inviting Taiwan. Twenty-two nations voiced support for Taiwan’s bid for participation on the first day of the assembly’s two-day virtual meeting, but despite the global community’s unprecedentedly strong support for Taiwan, it remained blocked from the assembly, with WHO member states on Monday agreeing to delay discussion on Taiwan until later this year. Pompeo, who on May 6 urged WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to invite Taiwan to the WHA,
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced no new cases of COVID-19, adding that a ban on mask exports would be lifted soon under three conditions. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said that 401 people from among the nation’s 440 confirmed cases have been removed from isolation. Yesterday was the 12th consecutive day that no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Taiwan, and the 37th day of no new domestic cases. “As our local communities have gradually become safe, we should not become careless,” Chen said. “We should continue to take personal protective measures