Several dozen members of Falun Gong (aka Falun Dafa) protested the arrival of Chen Zhenggao (陳政高), the governor of Liaoning Province, in Taichung this afternoon. The protesters shouted, “Chen Zhenggao, you’ve been accused, stop persecuting Falun Gong” (陳政高，你被告了，停止迫害法輪功). According to a Falun Gong website 409 Falun Gong practitioners have died as a result of persecution in Liaoning Province.
The protest was peaceful as police stood between the protesters and Chen’s entourage as he arrived at the Howard Prince Hotel.
Chen’s entourage was able to enter the hotel without incident. Chen is on the list of 11,000 ‘CCP villians’ compiled by the No CCP Villain International Alliance. The alliance says that those on the list should be barred from entering Taiwan for their role in human rights abuses. An article published in the Taipei Times on Thursday has more details about the alliance and its demands. The article reports:
The legislature passed a resolution in early December barring known CCP human rights abusers entry into Taiwan. The resolution, co-introduced by [DPP Legislator] Chen [Ting-fei] and adopted by parties on both sides of the aisle, requires government authorities — including the MAC and the NIA — to deny Chinese officials who are known to have been involved in human rights abuses entry into Taiwan.
Greater Kaohsiung and Chiayi, as well as Changhua, Hualien, Miaoli and Yunlin counties, have adopted similar, albeit separate, resolutions.
However, it seems that the efforts of city councils, the legislature and NGOs have not swayed the current KMT government to reconsider or reject the visits of Chinese officials to Taiwan.