A black-clad man yesterday allegedly emptied a bucket of chicken feces at Aegis, a restaurant in Taipei known to support exiled Hong Kong democracy activists.
Police said that they questioned witnesses and reviewed security camera footage to help identify the man.
The restaurant on Xinsheng S Road Sec 3 in Daan District (大安) said that it would be closed for two days to clean the kitchen, a Lennon wall — where notes and flyers are posted in support of Hong Kong’s democracy movement — and other items.
At about noon, a man wearing a medical mask and carrying a white bucket entered the premises, witnesses said.
He poured the bucket’s contents onto the counter and into the kitchen, they said.
Video showed him running from the scene with an empty bucket.
The restaurant in an alley in Gongguan (公館) opened on April 16, with the main financial backer being Daniel Wong (黃國桐), a Hong Kong lawyer and politician who provided volunteer legal services to protesters arrested in the territory last year.
The eatery’s Chinese name, Pao Hu San (保護傘), refers to the umbrellas that have been adopted as symbols of political resistance in Hong Kong.
Four tables were in use by customers when the incident happened.
“Everything in the kitchen, including dishes ready to serve, plates, bowls and utensils was doused with feces,” a diner said. “We could not react in time, as it happened so fast.”
“A staff member ran after the man, but he had too much of a head start,” they said.
Executive Yuan spokesman Ting Yi-ming (丁怡銘) and the Democratic Progressive Party condemned the attack, and urged police to bring the perpetrator to justice.
Such actions are illegal and will not be tolerated, the party said in a statement.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) is aware that Beijing’s treatment of Hong Kong has weakened any possible sentiment for a “one country, two systems” arrangement for Taiwan, and has instructed Chinese Communist Party (CCP) politburo member Wang Huning (王滬寧) to develop new ways of defining cross-strait relations, Japanese news magazine Nikkei Asia reported on Thursday. A former professor of international politics at Fu Dan University, Wang is expected to develop a dialogue that could serve as the foundation for cross-strait unification, and Xi plans to use the framework to support a fourth term as president, Nikkei Asia quoted an anonymous source
LUCKY DATE: The man picked the 10th ‘Super Red Envelope’ in a lottery store in Taoyuan’s Jhongli because he broke up with his girlfriend on Jan. 10 A man who recently broke up with his girlfriend won a NT$1 million (US$32,929) prize in the “NT$20 million Super Red Envelope” lottery after picking a card based on the date of their breakup, Taiwan Lottery Co said yesterday. The man, in his 20s, bought the 10th ticket at a lottery store in Taoyuan’s Jhongli District (中壢), because he broke up with his girlfriend on Jan. 10, the store owner told the lottery company. The “Super Red Envelope” lottery was a limited offering by the company during the Lunar New Year holiday, which ended yesterday. The cards, which cost NT$2,000 each, came with
TOURISM BOOST: The transportation system could help attract more visitors to the area, as the line is to connect multiple cultural sites, a city councilor said Residents in New Taipei City’s Ankeng District (安坑) said the local light rail system might have a positive influence, but raised questions about its practicality. The Ankeng light rail system, which is to commence operations after the Lunar New Year holiday, would cut travel time for commuters from Ankeng to downtown Taipei or New Taipei City by 15 to 20 minutes, the city government said. According to the initial plan, there would be one train every 15 minutes during peak time and additional interval trains would run between the densely populated Ankang Station (安康) and Shisizhang Station (十 四張). To encourage people to
CHAMPION TREES: The team used light detection and ranging imaging to locate the tree, and found that it measured a height of 84.1m and had a girth of 8.5m A team committed to finding the tallest trees in the nation yesterday said that an 84.1m tall Taiwania cryptomerioides tree had been named the tallest tree in Taiwan and East Asia. The Taiwan Champion Trees, a team consisting of researchers from the Council of Agriculture’s Taiwan Forestry Research Institute and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), in June last year used light detection and ranging (LiDAR) imaging to find the giant tree, numbered 55214, upstream of the Daan River (大安溪). A 20-member expedition team led by Rebecca Hsu (徐嘉君), an assistant researcher at the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, set out to find the