Foreign Ministry warns foreign workers about staging illegal protests
The government regrets that eight South Korean workers were recently found to have been engaged in activity other than that stated on their visas and thus were undermining public order, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.
The ministry said it was urging foreign nationals to respect the country’s laws. On Tuesday, eight South Korean workers from Hydis Technologies staged a protest in Taipei and were detained by police for violating the Social Order Maintenance Act. They were deported Wednesday.
Hydis is a South Korean subsidiary of Taiwan’s E Ink Holdings. Since Hydis was shut down in March, workers from the factory have traveled to Taiwan several times to protest against E Ink’s decision to close the factory.
The MOFA, said however, that the workers should file a complaint with South Korea’s Ministry’s Employment and Labor over any ir- regularities, in accordance with that country’s laws.
Staging illegal protests overseas is not helpful to resolving the problems, the ministry said.
The ministry stressed that Taiwan has maintained friendly and close relations with South Korea over the years.
For example, in 2003, the two countries agreed on a reciprocal visa waiver program, and in 2012, the duration of stay on such visas was extended from 30 to 90 days, the foreign ministry said.
In 2014, travel between the two countries reached a record high of 1.15 million visits, it said.