Hong Kong March Was Peaceful 'Because Police Didn't Attack': Protesters

Tuesday, 20 Aug, 2019

Taiwan's government is concerned about the months-long pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong but will not intervene, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday.

It also outlined an intention to build greater integration with Hong Kong and Macau.

Sixty-year-old Helena Wong, a member of the city's unicameral legislature, the Legislative Council, said at the rally that the Hong Kong government must respond to the protesters' demands.

VANCOUVER-Loudspeakers blaring "Free Hong Kong!" and speeches condemning alleged police brutality there could be heard alongside chants supporting the Chinese government, outside of the Chinese consulate in Vancouver on Sunday afternoon.

Last week China's paramilitary forces carried out exercises outside of a major sports stadium in Shenzhen, sparking speculation that they may be used in Hong Kong.

Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki called on the administration of chief executive Carrie Lam to talk to protesters.

"Interestingly, that they can not do this protest in China, and we are here to show them how free we are", he said.

But for Wye, "the Chinese government has nobody to negotiate with because there is not a representative body that speaks on behalf of the protestors".

"This is not just for the issue of our own freedom, it's also for human dignity", Ng said.

Thousands also gathered near the government headquarters in Admiralty and pointed lasers at the building, apparently mocking the arrest of a university student for purchasing laser pens, which the police called an "offensive weapon".

For the first time after two months of large-scale demonstrations in Hong Kong, the European Union and Canada have urged Chinese authorities to engage in a debate with all stakeholders in order to recover the stability and prosperity of the province.

In mainland China, on the other hand, it's commonplace for state media to liken the behaviour of the Hong Kong protesters to "rioters".

The joint EU-Canada statement was "part of a clear expression of support for the protesters coming from the worldwide community", Roderic Wye, expert on China at the London based think-tank Chatham House told EUobserver.

"Overall, these accounts were deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground", Twitter wrote. The plan is to transform the region into a world-class city cluster to rival the famous bay areas around Tokyo, New York and San Francisco. It's basic human rights.

The Chinese embassy in Washington and the U.S. State Department were not immediately available to comment.

Pro-Hong Kong demonstrators gather in Sydney's Belmore Park in Sydney, Australia, on August 18, 2019.

"Only when there were violent acts or illegal behaviours which endangered the safety of people at (the) scene, police would stop them by proportionate use of force", the police said early Monday in a statement, adding that it was "unfair" to criticise the officers under such circumstances.