aiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has voiced her support for anti-extradition protestors in Hong Kong while denouncing the city’s police and government response to the tense situation.
“Utterly saddened to see the images of
#HongKong police firing rubber bullets at protesters. To the people of Hong Kong: you may feel your demands for freedom seem to fall on deaf ears, please know that all like-minded friends in #Taiwan & around the world are standing with you,” Tsai tweeted on Wednesday evening after police clashed with protesters outside of the Legislative Council building.
Utterly saddened to see the images of #HongKong police firing rubber bullets at protesters.
To the people of Hong Kong: you may feel your demands for freedom seem to fall on deaf ears, please know that all like-minded friends in #Taiwan & around the world are standing with you. pic.twitter.com/22cCCFdnLr
— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) June 12, 2019
That tweet follows a Facebook post on Tuesday in which she declared that China’s implementation of the “one country, two systems” framework had “failed,” writing that in a democratic country a protest march as large as the one that occurred on Sunday would cause the ruling party to reflect on its “flawed policy.”
“But we have not seen any such introspection from the Hong Kong government. Instead, they have only repeatedly reiterated instructions from Beijing,” she said.
“It’s impossible to have authoritarianism and democracy at the same time in one country. Under a non-democratic system, so-called freedom, democracy, and human rights are all alms from the authorities. They can be given and can be taken back as well,” she continued.
It certainly appears as though the situation in Hong Kong is unlikely to help bring Taiwan closer to Beijing and could have serious ramifications for the 2020 presidential elections on the island.
After an estimated 1 million people marched through the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against a bill which could allow criminal suspects to be taken to mainland China for trial, Han Kuo-yu, the mayor of Kaohsiung and presidential candidate for the China-friendly Kuomintang party, said that he did not know anything about the “parade.”
Han later cleaned up his response on Wednesday, calling on the Hong Kong government to pay attention to the demands of the people and vowing to defend Taiwan’s democratic system.
Meanwhile, Tsai promised in another tweet that “As long as I’m President, ‘one country, two systems’ will never be an option.”
We stand with all freedom-loving people of #HongKong. In their faces, we see the longing for freedom, & are reminded that #Taiwan’s hard-earned democracy must be guarded & renewed by every generation.
As long as I’m President, “one country, two systems” will never be an option. https://t.co/yYckfeNxw0
— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) June 9, 2019