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More than 27% support independence: MAC poll

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The title and logo of the Mainland Affairs Council are pictured on a podium at the council’s Taipei offices in an undated photograph.
Photo: Chung Li-hua, Taipei Times

More than 27 percent of Taiwanese support independence, according to a survey released by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC).

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Hong Kong protesters rally in support of Catalonia independence movement

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Pro-democracy demonstrators gather at Chater Garden in Hong Kong yesterday to show their solidarity with the Catalonian independence movement.
Photo: EPA-EFE

Hong Kong protesters yesterday rallied in support of demonstrators pushing for a separate Catalonia in northeastern Spain as a Chinese official denounced months of “mad violence” in Hong Kong and forces pushing for independence.

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Hong Kong officially kills extradition bill

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The Hong Kong Legislative Council yesterday formally withdrew planned legislation that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but the move was unlikely to end months of unrest, as it met just one of the five demands of pro-democracy protesters.

The rallying cry of the protesters, who have trashed public buildings in the Chinese-ruled territory, set street fires and thrown Molotov cocktails at police, has been “five demands, not one less,” meaning that the withdrawal of the bill makes no difference.

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FIDH congress opens in Taipei

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President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech yesterday at the opening ceremony of the 40th International Federation for Human Rights congress in Taipei.
Photo: Tu Chien-jung, Taipei Times

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) yesterday opened its 40th congress in Taipei, the first time the event has been held in Asia.

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Hong Kong protesters defy police

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Protesters gesture towards the Tsim Sha Tsui police station in Hong Kong during a march yesterday.
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Hong Kong protesters yesterday flooded the territory’s streets in defiance of a ban by the authorities on their march, setting up roadblocks and tossing firebombs amid the firing of tear gas by police.

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Groups urge care after mayor’s suicide remarks

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The Taiwanese Society of Suicidology, Taiwanese Society of Psychiatry and Taiwan Association Against Depression yesterday urged politicians and the public to show care, rather than blame or ridicule, regarding suicide.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), chairman of the Taiwan People’s Party, said while meeting supporters on Thursday that in the past few years there had been many fires in Taipei caused by self-immolation.

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HK protesters erect statue on mountain

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A statue known as “Lady Liberty” stands on top of Lion Rock in Hong Kong yesterday.
Photo: EPA-EFE / Kwang Kung Temple handout

Pro-democracy protesters early yesterday hauled a 4m statue known as “Lady Liberty” to the top of a famous Hong Kong mountain, announcing the peak would be its “final resting place.”

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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen sings national song with the Puzangalan Children’s Choir during the inauguration ceremonies in Taipei, Taiwan, on May 20, 2016.
Photo: AP

China has rescinded an invitation to the Puzangalan Children’s Choir, in an apparent retaliation to its performance of the Republic of China (ROC) national anthem at President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) inaugural ceremony, sources said yesterday.