- Title: Protesters rally in Taipei after Taiwan shut out of U.N. forum
- Date: 21st May 2017
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) PARTICIPANT, LIN HSIU-YING, SAYING: "I think our Taiwanese should have more awareness of being suppressed by the mainland. We should not be forced to be bullied because of their suppression. Based on many incidents (from the past), Taiwanese people have not been paying attention to themselves. We hope every Taiwanese stands out, voicing out for ourselves." PARTICIPANTS SEATED WITH BANNERS GIRL HOLDING PLACARD AND POSING FOR PHOTO WITH HER THUMBS UP AND SHOWING "V" SIGN
- Embargoed: 4th June 2017 15:49
- Keywords: protest U.N. forum Taiwan World Health Organisation
- Location: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
- City: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
- Country: Taiwan
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0056HS6MO7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Around a hundred participants dressed in white clothes gathered in Taipei on Sunday (May 21) to spell out English letters "WHO TW" to protest Taiwan being excluded from this year's World Health Assembly, which kicks off less than a day in Geneva.
All participants got dressed in white while holding banners printing "WHO needs Taiwan" to express their dissatisfaction of not being invited.
Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, which recognizes the "one China" policy centered on Beijing, and it never formally takes part in U.N. meetings. But it has in the past been given observer status at some conferences with Beijing's acquiescence.
Taiwan sent a delegation to a U.N. health meeting even though it does not have an invitation, warning China that attempts to exclude it could irreversibly damage ties.
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