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Tsai's Facebook page flooded with messages from China, again

ROC Central News Agency

2016/01/21 00:04:26

Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) The Facebook page of President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was flooded with over 20,000 messages likely from Chinese Internet users, who voiced their opposition against Taiwan's independence, in three hours Wednesday.

Since Wednesday afternoon, several netizens posted the Communist Party of China's socialist values of eight honors and eight shames, which start with 'it is an honor to love the motherland, a shame to endanger it,' in simplified Chinese used in the mainland on Tsai's Facebook page.

There are also messages ridiculing or criticizing the pursuit of Taiwan's independence that is part of the platform of Tsai's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Tens of DPP heavyweight proposed a freeze in the platform's clause about Taiwan's independence in 2014.

According to local media reports, a post showed up on a popular online message board of Chinese search engine Baidu's Tieba service, encouraging Chinese users to flood the Facebook page of Tsai and Taiwanese media outlets with emoticons expressing opposition to Taiwan's independence, from 7 p.m. Wednesday.

'Welcome to democratic and free Taiwan,' said DPP spokesman Yang Chia-liang (楊家俍) to people that posted the messages, which the party does not plan to delete.

This was not the first time Tsai's Facebook page became the target of Chinese online users, as they posted last November tens of thousands of messages, mainly to criticize her and the DPP.

At that time, Tsai said she 'saw the incident in a positive way' and hoped Chinese Internet users can also visit other Facebook pages of Taiwanese people or groups, even though the social media site is blocked by the Chinese authorities.

(By Sophia Yeh and Kay Liu)

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