Taiwanese politicians call on public to support Hong Kong protesters
Taipei, Sept. 18 (CNA) Five Taipei councilors and a legislative candidate urged the public Wednesday to take part in a demonstration Sept. 29 in Taipei in support of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.
Speaking at a press conference in front of the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei, Lin Liang-chun (林亮君), Lin Ying-meng (林穎孟) and Huang Yu-fen (黃郁芬) of the New Power Party (NPP), NPP legislative candidate Chen Yu-fan (陳雨凡), Miao Po-ya (苗博雅) of the Social Democratic Party and independent Chiu Wei-chieh (邱威傑) called on the public to join the demonstration that will march from the Legislative Yuan to the Ximending shopping district and back, going past Taipei Main Station.
The demonstration is being organized to show support for protesters in Hong Kong who have been staging mass protests over the past 15 weeks, calling for greater democracy and an inquiry into alleged police brutality, among other demands, according to Taiwan Youth Association for Democracy, one of the organizers of the Taipei event.
Given that Taiwan and Hong Kong are both facing a looming threat from China, Taiwanese will demonstrate their determination to defend democracy, freedom and the rule of law by joining the march, Chen said.
Lin Liang-chun, on the other hand, said that with the approach of China's Oct. 1 National Day, it is worthy of observation how the Communist Party of China will handle the protests in Hong Kong.
Chiu said that Taiwan is home to a democratic and free society and will always support people in other regions in their pursuit of democracy and freedom.
According to the organizers, similar marches will be held simultaneously in Taichung and Kaohsiung Sept. 29 under the theme "Taiwan-Hong Kong demonstrations: Support Hong Kong; oppose totalitarianism."
Since June, many protests have been held in Hong Kong, initially against a now-withdrawn extradition bill that would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects to China, Taiwan and Macau for trial.
On Sept. 4, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the withdrawal of the bill, but the protests continued, as they had already evolved into a broader movement against alleged police brutality, a lack of autonomy and other related issues.
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