Two Taiwan-based Chinese dissidents seek asylum in US

September 10th, 2008 - 3:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Taipei, Sep 10 (DPA) Two Chinese pro-democracy activists, unable to get sanctuary in Taiwan, Wednesday entered the de facto US embassy in Taipei to seek political asylum in the United States.Cai Lujun, 40, and Wu Yalin, 49, jumped over the wall to gain entry into the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) compound Wednesday afternoon to apply for asylum from Washington.

But they were soon arrested by security guards and taken to a police station for questioning.

AIT representatives and officials from the Mainland Affairs Council, which handles Taiwan-China ties, were present during the police questioning of Cai and Wu.

Speaking to DPA by phone before the arrest, Cai said he and Wu were forced to illegally enter the AIT to seek asylum because the Taiwan government continues to refuse to grant them permanent residence.

“We hope the US can grant us political asylum on humanitarian grounds,” he said on his cell phone.

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