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Chinese activist claims MJIB is monitoring him

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese democracy activist and political commentator Paul Lin (林保華), a Taipei resident, yesterday accused Taiwan’s government of harassing him because of his anti-China remarks.

In an opinion piece in yesterday’s Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper), Lin said his wife received a telephone call from Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau (MJIB) last Tuesday saying they had received information that Lin was connected to Uighur independence activists that Next Magazine alleged last week had entered Taiwan.

Lin said a MJIB official asked to visit Lin at his home; later in the call, the official said he was already outside Lin’s residence.

Lin said he told his wife to tell the official he would not agree to a meeting unless the official came with an official notice.

In his article, Lin said that ever since he established the Taiwan Youth Anti-Communist Corps last month, police had visited him outside his home and told him he was on a monitoring list.

A few days after the phone call, Lin said his home computer broke down and the computer expert who repaired it said it had been hacked so that even when he was not online, his documents could still be accessed unless he unplugged his Internet cable.

Lin, a Taipei Times contributor, said he suspected his home telephone has been bugged because he often hears weird sounds in the receiver.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) considers him a dissident because he has published numerous articles promoting democracy for China and human rights in Xinjiang, Lin wrote, adding that he now appeared to be a marked person in the eyes of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

Lin said he was concerned for his personal safety, fearing that the KMT has joined hands with the CCP to go after him.

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