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The Taiwan Church website was blocked by the Hong Kong National Security Police – Taiwan Free Asia

The organizers told RFA above Monday.

Church member Hwang Chun-sheng said the site was blocked for a week and its database was hacked.

“The closure of our public website is pretty pointless; it’s tedious and it’s really all about scoring big propaganda points with the local audience. [in mainland China]”, Hwang said.

“But it is also a sign of Hong Kong’s mainlandization… maybe Hong Kong will be next [to be put behind the Great Firewall], “he said.

According to the Wei Wei Po In a newspaper controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the Presbyterian Church launched a fundraising campaign to help people fleeing from the movement.

“The Taiwan Presbyterian Church expressed support for the rioters in the chaos in Hong Kong [extradition] This newspaper said, and was also involved in the investigation of radio host Giggs by the national security department of the Hong Kong Police Force.

Wan Siu-Yin, who is known by the nickname Giggs, was arrested on suspicion of “seductive intentions”, of the comments he made on the online radio shows he has held since May. 8 coming. October 2020.

‘Ambitious intentions’

Wan, 52, has been charged with “acting with intent to seduce” on the online shows he hosted between August and October of last year, after he went public with his fundraising campaign in the chapter. your submission.

“In the case of a crime that endangers national security, the service provider may be asked to remove it [content or access to content] with the secretary’s approval of security, “Wen Wei Po reported, citing the national security law applicable to Hong Kong from July 1, 2020, exclude public criticism of, or peaceful opposition to the authorities.

The crowdfunding campaign has raised more than HK $ 10 million (US $ 1.29 million), HK $ 4 million of which has been transferred to the Taiwan church bank account.

The newspaper said the church was a “supporter of Taiwan’s independence”, a phrase used by the CCP to describe anyone who opposes their claim to a country that has never formed a part of the Communist Party. Republic of China, as well as not being controlled by the CCP. .

Hwang said the church is now communicating with activists in Hong Kong using VPN and encryption, with regular email and Facebook Messenger compromised.

He said the church was engaged in the ongoing fundraising for Hongkongers who fled to Taiwan to pursue their college degrees as a way to avoid consequences for their role in the 2019 protests, but those who ran out of money and couldn’t go home.

“We try not to let the children drop out of school after a year, and find ways for them to continue participating in the program,” Hwang said. “We look for jobs for some students.”

The CCP sends fake protesters

Meanwhile, Taiwan vowed to tighten rules around Hong Kong citizens’ application for permanent residence, requiring them to be there for two years before applying.

The move was clearly an attempt to prevent “fake” Hong Kong protesters working for the CCP from entering the island, media reports said.

In January, Hong Kong police blocked HKChronicles, a website that hosts live accounts of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement.

The bloc is the first indication that China may be exporting its Great Firewall to the city since the national security law went into effect. Police declined to publicly confirm that they acted, but responded by citing the relevant part of the law.

Try to connect to the Taiwan Presbyterian Church website at www.pct.org.tw from the UK Monday leads to a browser warning that the connection is “not private”.

“The attackers may be trying to steal your information from www.pct.org.tw (eg password, message or credit card), “it says.” This could be due to a misconfiguration or an attacker blocking your connection. “

Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) website also failed to load from around the world, suggesting it was hacked, social media users said.

Site failed to load, leaving the connection timeout when browsing from the UK Monday.

Reports by Hwang Chun-mei for RFA’s Mandarin Service, and by Chung Kuang-cheng for Cantonese Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.



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