A restaurant which provides job opportunities to exiled Hongkongers in the Taiwanese capital Taipei was trashed with chicken manure on Friday, a local website reported.

The attacker, who wore a black hoodie and facemask, barged into the kitchen of Aegis restaurant wielding a bucket and scattered its contents before running off, Eye News reported. Two tables of customers were present at the time. One staffer was covered in the excrement.

Photo: Aegis, via Facebook.

All kitchen utensils will have to be discarded at a considerable cost, the report said.

Aegis wrote on Facebook shortly after the incident that it would close for the rest of Friday and on Saturday due to an unspecified emergency.

The restaurant, which opened in March, supports the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and has been offering job opportunities to activists who have fled the city.

A second shop which opened next door last month sells drinks and souvenirs containing messages of support for the Hong Kong protest. Aegis said on Facebook that it has hired a total of 21 protesters in both shops, including full-time staffers and students enrolled at various universities in Taipei, who work part-time.

Photo: Eye News, via Facebook.

HKFP has reached out to Aegis for comment.

In April, two assailants splashed Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee with red paint in Taipei ahead of the opening of his bookstore on the island.

Taiwan is a favoured destination for Hongkongers facing arrest or court proceedings for their role in the civil unrest from last year or seeking to emigrate for other reasons. Nearly 6,000 Hongkongers were granted temporary or permanent residency in 2019.

Twelve fugitives, who left Hong Kong on a speedboat in August en route to the island, were intercepted by Chinese marine police and detained on the mainland.

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Rachel Wong

Rachel Wong previously worked as a documentary producer and academic researcher. She has a BA in Comparative Literature and European Studies from the University of Hong Kong. She has contributed to A City Made by People and The Funambulist, and has an interest in cultural journalism and gender issues.