A man was arrested in Wuqiu Township, Kinmen County March 27, after sailing from Fujian Province, China, in a home made boat, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) revealed today, March 30.
The 37-year-old man named Li sailed the rudimentary craft, made from steel bars, Styrofoam, wooden boards, and powered with an outboard motor from his home on Meizhou Island.
The CGA said that Li had departed from Meizhou Island in the daytime of March 27, and landed on the coast of Kinmen County at Wuqiu Island at around 8:00 pm the same day.
Li’s approach had been spotted by Wuqiu Defense Brigade, and Li was immediately arrested after landing.
After interrogation, Li was sent to the Kinmen District Prosecutor’s Office to be charged for violating immigration laws, and the National Security Law.
Li said that he had made the rudimentary boat, and sailed the precarious journey because he yearned for Taiwan’s freedom and democracy.
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