Mon, Mar 28, 2005 - Page 2 News List

Taiwanese expats take to the streets against China's law


About 200 Taiwanese expatriates in the United Kingdom gathered Saturday in front of the Chinese Embassy in London to demonstrate against China's enactment of its "Anti-Secession" Law.

During the protest, the demonstrators, who came from six local Taiwanese organizations and various cities, unfurled Republic of China national flags and banners, and chanted slogans to protest against China's newly enacted law.

In Germany, Taiwanese expatriates and students also held various activities Saturday to protest against China's Anti-Secession Law, urging the German government and people to pay attention to China's threat to Taiwan.

The activities, including sit-ins, petitions and speeches, were held in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and Tubingen.

In Berlin, members of nine local Taiwanese organizations gathered at the square of Emperor William's Memorial Church to wave banners saying "anti-annexation, protect Taiwan" and to hand out leaflets to drum up support for the nation. According to the organizations, about 850 German people gave their names and addresses to show their support.

In Munich, Taiwanese students collected signatures from about 300 Germans.

Meanwhile, members of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Taiwan Association and the Taiwan Women's Association in Frankfurt also held a petition drive.

In Tubingen, some 50 Taiwanese students from local universities and universities in Heidelberg and Freiboug also gave speeches in front of a church to criticize the law.

In France, over 100 Taiwanese students pursuing advanced studies gathered at the Paris Human Rights Square Saturday to express their opposition to China's Anti-Secession Law.

The students, who came from all over France after a week of online organizing, delivered speeches in French to express their discontent with the Anti-Secession Law, in which China gives itself the so-called "legal right" to use "non-peaceful" means against Taiwan if it decides the nation is moving toward formal independence.

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