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MP ejected from Chinese celebration

EMPLOYEES from the Office for Protection of Public Officials forcibly ejected an MP from the Civic Conservative Party, Ondrej Dostál, from the Bôrik Hotel during a reception to mark the 62nd anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. Dostál was removed after he tried to hand over a letter to the Chinese Ambassador to Slovakia, Gu Ziping, calling for the release of Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng and other political prisoners held in China, the TASR newswire reported.

EMPLOYEES from the Office for Protection of Public Officials forcibly ejected an MP from the Civic Conservative Party, Ondrej Dostál, from the Bôrik Hotel during a reception to mark the 62nd anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. Dostál was removed after he tried to hand over a letter to the Chinese Ambassador to Slovakia, Gu Ziping, calling for the release of Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng and other political prisoners held in China, the TASR newswire reported.

Dostál also attempted to give the Chinese ambassador a book by Zhisheng entitled ‘A China More Just’, written in 2007. However, after finding out that the book was written by a person jailed by the Chinese authorities who had repeatedly criticised the Chinese communist regime for alleged human rights abuses, Ambassador Ziping refused to accept the gift. Subsequently, Dostál was forced to leave the hotel.

The Chinese Embassy later issued a statement describing Dostál’s actions as “unfriendly and rough towards China” and accusing him of disturbing the reception. It said his act had seriously harmed the friendship between China and Slovakia and “interfered in the internal affairs of China, which the Chinese side definitely cannot accept”.


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