Taiwan urged to join fight for Hong Kong democracy

Taipei, September 3 

Hong Kong activists urged Taiwan on Tuesday to help promote democracy in the Chinese-ruled city amid its worst political crisis in decades and called for a mass rally before the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China on October 1.

People in large numbers have taken to the streets of Hong Kong since mid-June in sometimes violent protests denouncing perceived creeping interference by Beijing. China denies the charge. 

Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to the Chinese rule in 1997 under a ‘one country, two systems’ formula guaranteeing its freedom. China has suggested the same formula for Taiwan, which it considers an unruly, breakaway province. Many in Taiwan have been closely watching Hong Kong and become increasingly wary of Beijing’s ‘reunification’ agenda. 

“I hope people can brainstorm together on how to win this war against Beijing’s white terror and authoritarian rule. China will definitely want to take over Taiwan after it takes over Hong Kong,” Lester Shum, a student leader, said.

Joshua Wong, one of the most visible leaders of 2014 protests, called for a mass rally. “We hope Hong Kong can one day become Taiwan, a place with democracy and freedom,” he said. 

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday her administration was keeping a close eye on the Hong Kong crisis. Beijing has accused Taipei of supporting the Hong Kong protests, an accusation Taiwan denies. — Reuters

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