By: Shen Peng-da, Chang Jung-hsiang,
Wang Shwu-fen and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, June 12 (CNA) Representatives from 24 Taiwanese civic groups rallied outside Hong Kong's representative office in Taipei Wednesday to show support for a wave of fresh protests staged in Hong Kong against a proposed controversial extradition bill.
During the demonstration, the civic groups, including the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders, urged the Hong Kong government to withdraw the bill and stop using violence to suppress the protests, while shouting slogans such as "Taiwan supports Hong Kong."
Violence broke out Sunday night as Hong Kong police tried using batons and pepper spray to clear demonstrators from the city's Legislative Council after a massive demonstration against the plan to allow extraditions to China.
On Tuesday, the police presence remained strong on the streets of the city, Taiwan Association for Human Rights Secretary-General Chiu E-ling (邱伊翎) said. [FULL STORY]