TAIPEI (The China Post) – More than 100 protestors from all over Taiwan attended the “Anti-Hong Kong Extradition Bill Protest” held on June 12 in front of the Uni-President International Tower in Taipei.
The event was organized by members of various non-governmental organizations, including the Covenants Watch, the Judicial Reform Foundation, the Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan and more.
The peaceful protest also featured many prominent activists such as Lin Fei-fan, one of the leaders of the Taiwan Sunflower Movement, and former Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee who fled to Taiwan due to fears of extradition to China.
Asked about his participation in the protest, Lam said he was the victim of the Hong Kong system and expressed concerns at the potential adoption of the Extradition Bill.
Lin further drew a comparison between Taiwan and Hong Kong and said that Taipei and Hong Kong share the same fate. “It affects anyone entering Hong Kong and anyone living in Hong Kong in terms of safety,” he added.
Lin believes that this could potentially change Hong Kong from the existing “one country, two systems” policy to a “one country, one system.”
Also in attendance, students from various Taiwan universities, including Fu Jen Catholic University, expressed their support to their counterparts in Hong Kong in their fight against the Extradition Bill.
Professor Timothy Rich, a political science professor at the Western Kentucky University, who was also in attendance, said he understands “why Taiwanese people feel solidarity with those in Hong Kong.” ●
By Natalie Scheidel and Douglas Lee