In Taiwan When Hong Kong Students Petition, Taiwan’s President Listens

The News Lens
Date: 2019/06/15
By: Michael Garber

Photo Credit: Michael Garber

Although 500 Hong Kong students were roundly ignored by their own representative office in Taipei on Wednesday, on Thursday they were invited into the presidential palace to present their case.

Taiwan President, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), reinforced her administration's support for the democratic ambitions of Hong Kong residents on Thursday posting a response on Facebook to a petition from an international student organization from the city who oppose amending Hong Kong law to permit extradition to China and addressing the situation at a press conference.

Critics of the amendment fear that it is a Trojan horse which would open an avenue by which Hong Kong residents who cross the Chinese Communist Party may be extradited and tried in the notoriously opaque courts of the People's Republic of China. 

At an afternoon press conference, President Tsai told assembled reporters, "This substantial protest movement in Hong Kong has attracted the whole world's attention. Seeing Hong Kong police firing tear gas and rubber bullets directly into people is an especially shocking and unbearable sight"

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