The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Monday called for respecting Hong Kong citizen’s will while the Kuomintang (KMT) expressed concerns at the violent response to the marches organized a day earlier by the anti-Extradition Bill protestors.
Asked about a Hong Kong police officer who allegedly hit a female protestor (who could become partially blind as a result), DPP Secretary General Luo Wen-jia called on Hong Kong and Beijing authorities to respect Hong Kong people’s will and rights to fight for freedom.
Police and protestors exchanged tear gas and projectiles outside Tsim Sha Tsui police station on Sunday night before a confrontation erupted in the subway system.
In response to Hong Kong police’s attacks on civilians, Luo reminded Hong Kong and Beijing authorities that they shouldn’t neglect Hong Kong citizen’s rights to fight for freedom, nor ignore people, organizations and countries concerned about freedom and democracy.
Luo added that the DPP — a political party dedicated to the fight for democracy — is expressing concerns about Hong Kong citizens, hoping they wouldn’t get hurt. He also expressed hopes that authorities would give a friendly response to their strive for democracy.
Meanwhile, the opposition KMT today called on both sides to calm down, saying it’s worrisome to see the soaring level of violence used by Hong Kong police to stop the protests.
The KMT called for a peaceful ending of the protests that could have a negative impact on economic affairs between Taiwan and Hong Kong.