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Tsai support group to hold concert supporting Hong Kong

2019/11/12 17:48:19

Photo courtesy of Stand News

Taipei, Nov. 12 (CNA) A concert supporting Hongkongers' fight for freedom will be held in Taipei's Liberty Square by a new political coalition backing the re-election bid of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

The purpose of the concert is to get Taiwanese to stand with the millions of Hongkongers who have taken to the streets since June to fight for freedom and democracy, according to the organizer's statement.

It also dovetails with Tsai's campaign strategy to portray herself as the defender of democracy in Taiwan and oppose China's "one country, two systems" formula, which it uses, at least in theory, to govern Hong Kong and Macau.

Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) shared his support for the concert via video on Tuesday, saying that although freedom in Taiwan is normal, Hong Kong citizens currently face suppression by the police, with tear gas being deployed weekly.

He stressed that fighting for freedom has never been easy, and called for more artists to join the concert in support of Hong Kong.

The free event will feature bands Fire Ex., Sorry Youth and The Chairman, as well as artists Dwagie (大支), Chen Ming-chang (陳明章), Chu Yueh-hsin (朱約信), Hsiao Fu-te (蕭福德) and Liu Shao-hsi (劉劭希).

The political coalition organizing the concert, comprised of roughly 30 organizations and political parties, is also holding an exhibition titled "Freedom Is not Free" from Nov. 16 to Dec. 1 in Bopiliao Historical Block in Taipei.

The exhibition will showcase the fight for democracy in Taiwan and Hong Kong by featuring media and items collected by organizations Hong Kong Outlanders and Imagine Hong Kong from the ongoing protests, the coalition said.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Chiang Yi-ching)
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