Date
20 September 2017
Taiwanese activists lay banners at the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei to show their support for Hong Kong protesters. Photo: Facebook
Taiwanese activists lay banners at the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei to show their support for Hong Kong protesters. Photo: Facebook

Taiwan groups stage sit-in in support of HK protesters

Taiwanese activists held a rally in Taipei Sunday night to express their support for Hong Kong demonstrators protesting for genuine democracy.

They included Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting, the two leaders of the “Sunflower” student movement in March which forced Taipei to shelve a controversial cross-strait services agreement with mainland China.

Also on hand were representatives from New School for Democracy and supporters of jailed Chinese critic Liu Xiaobo.

The activists said Taiwan and Hong Kong share the same ideals and will fight side by side, am730 reported Monday.

The gathering is expected to last until Oct. 1, China’s national day.

Wang Dan, one of the leading figures in the June 4 Tiananmen protests in 1989, said Taiwan is next in Beijing’s sights after it regained Hong Kong from the British on the promise of autonomy under “one country, two systems”.

He said Beijng is trying to woo Taiwanese with the same governing formula. The only way to stop the “annihilation” of Taiwan is to protect Hong Kong, he said. 

Meanwhile, Wu’er Kaixi, also a key leader in 1989, called on Hong Kong people to keep calm in the face provocation by the Hong Kong police.

The two former student leaders denounced Hong Kong police for using force to suppress the demonstrators.

Taiwan netizens also expressed their support for the Hong Kong protesters but said they should not break the law, the report said.

Later, the activists broke up for the day but several moved to the grounds of the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office to continue their rally, the report said.

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