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Polish TV program advocating ‘Taiwan independence’ gets told to shut up by Taiwanese netizens

(People's Daily Online)    17:09, October 30, 2018

A photo captured from the program

A Polish TV program which recently expressed support for "Taiwan independence" got slammed by a number of Taiwan internet users, with some telling the show to “shut up, as we support one family,” haiwainet.cn reported on Monday.

According to Taiwanese media, Polish TV station Idź Pod Prąd TV openly expressed their support for "Taiwan independence" in a TV program.

The TV station even invited a Chinese-speaking Polish woman to say, “We Polish people hope that Taiwan can achieve independence, say ‘No’ to China, say ‘Yes’ to Taiwan.”

The host went on to claim that Poland hopes to support Taiwan in confronting the Chinese mainland.

The host then put on a red hat with the English sentence “MAKE CHINA LOSE AGAIN” on it.

At the end of the show, eight Polish people stood in front of the camera, each holding a banner saying “Say NO to China, Say YES to Taiwan.”

The TV program was used by some Taiwanese media to raise momentum for “Taiwan independence” and thus roused heated discussion among internet users from Taiwan on social media platforms.

Many Taiwanese netizens felt shocked to see the news and were confused by the reason behind it. Some commented “I see another apology coming,” while some questioned the way that media in Taiwan reported this news, saying “it’s only one TV station, don’t say it like the whole of Poland supports it.”

Besides the comments from netizens in Taiwan, a comment from a foreign internet user pointed out that “this ‘Idź Pod Prąd’ TV is meaningless in Poland. Everyone is making fun of them. This is simply a protestant sect that is waiting for nuclear war as they want to hasten the apocalypse. One of their TV members said once that the Yellow race is spreading through the world like an epidemic.”

A Taiwanese netizen expressed a similar opinion, saying that what the TV show said stands for neither the view of Polish government nor Polish people, and that this TV station was merely seeking popularity by making shocking statements, as it does not want to see peace and development between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. 

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