Third time unlucky for China farmer who swam to Taiwan
The 38-year-old from Sichuan province in southwest China was caught Wednesday as he came ashore on Taiwanese-controlled Kinmen island, a few kilometers from China, the local county government said in a statement.
The man said he kept trying to get to Taiwan because he wanted to “pursue democracy and freedom” despite failed attempts in 2003 and 2009 that both led to time in jail in China, the statement added.
He had taken a train from Sichuan to Xiamen, a city on China’s southeast coast, where he made his third swim across the Taiwan Strait.
The man, who has not been named, was sent to the local district prosecutor’s office for trying to enter Taiwan illegally and will be deported to China.
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