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Hong Kong    CHURCH STANDS FIRM ON ASYLUM SEEKER SUPPORT
Catholic leaders in Hong Kong say they will not stop helping mainland Chinese who want to join family there despite public outcry against a fatal arson incident involving asylum seekers.
    Coadjutor Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong told UCA News that he regretted the incident and expressed condolences for the families of the two deceased, an immigration officer and an abode seeker.
    Nonetheless, the diocese will not withdraw support for the right of abode for mainland-born children whose parents are Hong Kong residents, he said.
    On 2 August, a dozen asylum seekers splashed flammable liquid on an immigration office and set it alight. The attack injured some 50 officers and asylum seekers.
   
UCAN
   
17 Aug 00



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