While activists in Taiwan have for days been leading demonstrations in support of Occupy Central, Taiwanese leaders this week called on Beijing to carry out its pledges of autonomy in Hong Kong or risk facing further estrangement from Taiwan and its people.
“If Hong Kong can soon achieve universal suffrage, it would be a win-win for Hong Kong and the mainland, and it can greatly help narrow the mental gap between residents on both sides of (the Taiwan Strait) and allow for the relations to develop positively,” Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said in a statement from Tuesday.
“Otherwise, it may deepen the antipathy of Taiwan’s public and hurt the future of relations between the two sides,” Ma said.
Meanwhile, pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong today brought their demonstrations just outside the office gates of the city’s chief executive.
Earlier this week, leaders of the Occupy movement revealed that the group was planning on announcing “a new stage of the campaign” in coming days as the goal for universal suffrage was ultimately too “unrealistic”. Instead, the movement would focus on ousting the city’s unpopular leader, Leung Chun-ying, who’s been criticized for siding with the Beijing government rather than the people of Hong Kong.
Demonstrators said the next phase of the movement in Hong Kong could be to “occupy different important government buildings”.
“We want to disturb the daily life of the chief executive,” 25-year-old protestor Cyrus Koo told CNN.
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