China Envoy in Taiwan Trapped in Hotel by Protesters

A Chinese envoy was trapped inside of a hotel today as an angry mob of pro-Taiwanese independence activists scuffled with police outside. From AFP:

Chen, the most senior Chinese official to visit the self-ruled island in 60 years, finally left the Regent Hotel in the early hours after police struggled to keep back more than 2,000 protesters venting their anger at his visit.

A staff member at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, where Chen is staying, confirmed the envoy returned at about 2:30am (1830 GMT Wednesday).

Earlier, at least one policeman was injured in scuffles with the protesters, said the TVBS news channel.

Television footage also showed angry demonstrators surrounding a Chinese television reporter late Wednesday in an attempt to prevent her from leaving the hotel before the police intervened.

November 5, 2008, 5:09 PM
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