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Offender asks DPP to punish him for harassing Chinese official

Offender asks DPP to punish him for harassing Chinese official

The man who jumped onto the hood of a visiting Chinese official's car and fiercely stamped on it earlier in the week made a public apology Thursday for his rough behavior and asked the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to punish him.
The DPP member, identified as Lin Chin-shun, apologized for the problems and the damage to the public and party image caused by his behavior, and asked the DPP's Tainan city committee to penalize him.
Lin, however, declined to apologize to Zhang Mingqing, vice president of China's quasi-official Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), who was visiting Tainan City in southern Taiwan that day. Lin insisted that Zhang was "an enemy."
Lin asserted that he will never give in to pressure and apologize to Zhang, saying that he was safeguarding Taiwan's independent sovereignty.
The case will be referred to and handled by the DPP's central authorities, said officials of the party's Tainan city branch.
Lin and Tainan City Councilor Wang Ting-yu were questioned by prosecutors Tuesday after the incident.
The demonstrators were mobilized by Wang, who argued that they were angered by Zhang's remarks earlier Tuesday on Taiwan independence. Wang also rejected to apologize to Zhang.
Zhang filed a formal complaint with police against those who harassed him Tuesday during a private visit to the Confucius Temple in Tainan City. He was besieged by dozens of pro-Taiwan independence supporters who shouted in his face and jostled him to the ground as he was walking in the temple.
Zhang cut short his visit to Taiwan and returned to Beijing Wednesday.
Zhang arrived in Taiwan Sunday at the head of a 22-member delegation for a four-day visit. He took part in an academic seminar at Tainan National University of the Arts Monday in Tainan County, in his capacity as dean of the school of journalism at Xiamen University.


Updated : 2021-10-28 10:10 GMT+08:00