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Taiwanese in Hong Kong rally in solidarity with Taipei's anti-trade-pact protests

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 March, 2014, 5:19am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 March, 2014, 7:02am

Scores of Taiwanese took to the streets of Hong Kong yesterday in solidarity with the 500,000 demonstrators outside President Ma Ying-jeou's office in Taipei who are opposing a trade pact with Beijing.

The crowds in Hong Kong - also made up of hundreds of locals and university students - wore black and marched from Causeway Bay to Central. Organisers put the turnout at 1,000 while police estimated 800 came.

The marchers warned against further integration between Taiwan and the mainland through the services trade pact - "which is what is happening in Hong Kong", said one participant, Ted Cheng Keng-liang, a PhD candidate at Lingnan University.

Cheng cited as an example the 2003 Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). He said this opened the mainland market to Hong Kong movies and publications but also made them "subject to mainland censorship".

Many Hong Kong students said only through Taiwan-Hong Kong unity could democracy survive alongside the "undemocratic" mainland government.

Justin Hsu, who came with his wife and child, said it was his duty as a Taiwanese resident to protest: "Hong Kong is part of China, but Taiwan is not. This is a stance we need to stand firm on."

Rally organiser Brandy Wu Tai-ju, a Taiwanese student at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, said yesterday's march aimed to boost morale and condemn police force against protesters in Taipei.

Hong Kong was among 45 cities in 16 countries that organised events yesterday to oppose the trade pact.


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I've got to ponder how many of the protesting students are supported by family who benefited from CEPA or other similar trade agreement.
Opinions will change rather quickly once they hit the job market, and find that HK has long since farmed out most industries to China, and they have to work with the mainlanders.
Reality isn't some fantasy land where you only deal with people you love.
Always the clueless students who never held a real job and have no zero life experience but pretend they know a thing or two.....could the rest of the Taiwan population put them in their place please?
"Cheng cited as an example the 2003 Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)"
Without CEPA, this city would be bankrupt post SARs and Lingnan would not be able to continue receiving funds from the UGC, Cheng would nto have had a chance to pursue his studies. So now we know UGC money is spent on China haters like Cheng who not only cannot resist taking a stab, but also tries to distort history by quoting out of context. He does not deserve to receive one cent from the taxpayer for his studies, and God save us when he graduates and turn out more like him.
And, why does SCMP not question him about the distortion but prefers to print his views as gospel truth? Is thsi paper a defacto propaganda machine?
‘finger' from China.. !!! not of fxxx biz!!!
Why didn't SCMP use a photograph of the actual HK-based march and rally? Also, more than just Taiwanese in HK and local Hongkongers were present at the event. A variety of visitors from the mainland came down and participated too.
Salute, fron Austin, Texas.


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