The government would assess the possibility of blacklisting Hong Kong triads and Hong Kong Police officers that have persecuted pro-democracy advocates, and banning them from entering the nation, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said yesterday.
“The nation has already stipulated rules to regulate the arrival and departure of foreigners. Apart from improving the existing mechanism, we would also consider petitions from Hong Kong pro-democracy advocates,” Chiu said. “It has been the government’s position to support democratic development in Hong Kong.”
Asked about a civic group’s plans to hold a demonstration on Sunday to protest the government’s failure to assist Hong Kongers seeking asylum in Taiwan, Chiu said that the Act Governing Relations with Hong Kong and Macau (香港澳門關係條例) serves as the legal basis for the government’s humanitarian assistance to Hong Kongers.
“We are willing to explain to civic groups that might not be familiar with the law,” he said.