For­eign Min­istry warns for­eign work­ers about stag­ing il­le­gal protests

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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