KMT condemns violence in pro-Hong Kong rally in Taipei

09/29/2019 09:18 PM
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Hong Kong singer- activist Denise Ho (何韻詩, center)
Hong Kong singer- activist Denise Ho (何韻詩, center)

Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) condemned perpetrators of violence Sunday after Hong Kong singer-activist Denise Ho (何韻詩) was attacked with red spray paint by two men ahead of a pro-Hong Kong demonstration in Taipei.

In a statement, the KMT expressed regret over the violence and denounced the perpetrators, who were arrested by police soon after the attack.

The party said the Republic of China (Taiwan) is a free and democratic society that operates under the rule of law, and must respect the expression of differing views.

"Such violent acts run against the spirit of democracy and are the common enemy of democracy," the KMT said, while calling for a peaceful and rational approach to participation in the event showing support for Hong Kong's pursuit of democracy and freedom.

The KMT's stance on the ongoing Hong Kong protests is that the government there should hold rational talks with the protesters, while the Chinese authorities should help the government in the special administrative region to let the protests end peacefully and allow the restoration of stability and order, according to the statement.

The KMT also expressed its views on the Hong Kong protesters, saying it hopes all sectors can replace conflict with rational dialogue.

The party said it disapproves of using violence to handle crowd movements, opposes dispersing crowds using violence; and it called on the Hong Kong authorities to attach great importance to universal values such as the spirit of democracy and human rights.

In addition, it noted that the ROC is a sovereign and independent country with its own national flag, national title, national military and national law.

The nation is therefore different from Hong Kong and cannot be compared with each other, it stressed.

The KMT also expressed its staunch opposition to Beijing's "one country, two systems" framework as a solution to cross-Taiwan Strait issues and its objection to Taiwan independence.

It reaffirmed its adherence to the "one China, different interpretations" formula that underpins the "1992 consensus," a tacit understanding reached in 1992 between the then-ruling KMT government of Taiwan and the Chinese government.

Under the "one country, two systems" framework, Beijing promised Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy after the city was returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

The 1992 consensus has been consistently interpreted by the KMT as both sides of the strait acknowledging that there is only "one China," with each side free to interpret what that means.

The KMT also said it hopes the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration will not attempt to make political gains in the runup to the 2020 presidential election by manipulating issues related to a now-withdrawn controversial bill in Hong Kong that would have allowed extradition of crime suspects to China and sparked the months of protests.

It also called on the DPP government not to frighten Taiwan's people by citing the political unrest in Hong Kong or using slogans such as "Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow Taiwan" as a political gambit.

(By Wang Cheng-chung and Evelyn Kao)


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