The Hong Kong authorities have rejected visa applications for three leaders of Taiwan’s student “Sunflower Movement”, scuppering their plans to take part in the July 1 march in the city, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
Lin Fei-fan, Chen Wei-ting, and Huang Kuo-chang spearheaded a student protest against Taiwan’s proposed trade pact with the mainland, including a 24-day occupation of the island’s parliament between March and April.
Their online visa applications to enter Hong Kong were “unable to be completed”, the report said. Hong Kong also rejected pro-independence scholar Tseng Chien-yuan’s visa application in May to come to the city for a June 4 seminar.
Chen was quoted as saying that he still planned to fly to Hong Kong on June 29.
He said he had no problems entering Hong Kong on July 1 last year, but the rejection this time is clearly a joint effort by the mainland and Hong Kong governments.
Chen called Taiwanese to support the fight for democracy in Hong Kong on July 1.
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