Taiwan urged to respond to demands of drowned women's relatives
( 2003-09-18 14:21) (Xinhua)
An official with the
mainland-based Red Cross Society of China Wednesday urged the Taiwan authorities
to meet the demands of the relatives of six drowned immigrants from China's
Li Lidong,who is here accompanying the heartbroken relatives to Taiwan, said
the appeals of the relatives center on three aspects: going to Taiwan to handle
issues arising from the tragedy;asking the Taiwan authorities to severely punish
the culprits and prevent such matters from happening again; and seeking proper
"We hope all these demands will be met," said Li.
He said the mainland-based Red Cross Society has asked the Red Cross
organization in Taiwan to repatriate the 20 survivors as soon as possible.
Twenty-six mainland women boarded two Taiwan speedboats bound for Taiwan on
the morning of Aug. 26, traveling with snakeheads. While trying to evade Taiwan
coast guard patrols, the human smugglers pushed the women into the sea, leading
to the death of six women and injury of two.