CONNECTED:While Taiwan and Hong Kong are not responsible for China’s democratization, it would serve as a guarantee for their democracies, one activist said
Date: Jun 05, 2016
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
Several hundred activists last night gathered in Taipei’s Liberty Square for an event
commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing, condemning continued human rights abuses by the Chinese government.
Organized by the Student Workshop for Promoting China’s Democracy, the New School for Democracy, the Friends of Liu Xiabo (劉曉波) and the National Taiwan University Student Council, and with the support of a handful of local human rights groups, the event’s site was symbolic, as it was the location of important student demonstrations during Taiwan’s democratization, including an overnight rally on June 3, 1989, in support of the protesters in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
Lights were dimmed and several moments of silence were observed for the massacre victims, with last night’s event marked by songs interspersed with speeches by several prominent overseas activists, along with Taiwanese human rights figures, who at one point took to the stage holding photographs of political prisoners. [FULL STORY]