Hong Kong Extradition Protests Spark Fears in Democratic Taiwan

Radio Free Asia
Date: 2019-06-14

Taiwanese people hold signs reading “No Extradition to China” to support Hong Kong people as the administration prepares to open debate on a highly controversial extradition law, in front of the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Culture Office in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

Hong Kong students and residents living in democratic Taiwan have petitioned the island's president to place immigration restrictions on officials from the Hong Kong who have expressed support for amendments to the city's extradition law that would mandate that suspects be sent to mainland China to face trial.

The students presented the petition to President Tsai Ing-wen's staff on Thursday, calling on Taiwan’s authorities to take into account the human rights records of applicants for visas and other immigration permits.

Dozens of students gathered on Friday morning, also calling on Tsai to ensure the safety and freedom of Hong Kong residents in Taiwan, and to provide them with emergency assistance if necessary.

Tsai's secretary-general Chen Chu later told the st3udents that the president is very concerned about the situation in Hong Kong and has promised to ensure the safety of Hong Kong students in Taiwan.

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