A Chinese man claims he traveled 112 miles from the mainland to Taiwan in a small rubber dingy in a desperate 11-hour journey for “freedom and democracy,” according to reports.
Zhou Xian, 33, was found in Taichung harbor on Friday night and claimed to have just crossed the Taiwan Strait — one of the most heavily policed waterways in the world, the South China Morning Post reported.
“He said he was unhappy living in mainland China and wanted to seek freedom and democracy in Taiwan,” a Taiwanese police officer told the outlet.
Zhou told officers he traveled from Quanzhou in Fujian province in an 8.5-foot-long dinghy that he bought online, The Guardian said. He had about 90 liters of fuel for the outboard motor, officials said.
A video of him being detained showed an officer asking him, “Did you come over for freedom?”
“Yes, I came by boat … Taiwan has more freedom and equality,” Zhou replied, according to