Wed, Sep 11, 2019 - Page 13 News List

Come together, right now

Hongkongers, Uighurs and Tibetans unite with Taiwanese as they face a common ‘protagonist’ of repression

By Chris Fuchs  /  Contributing reporter in New York

Its allies’ permanent representatives to the UN are also expected to submit a joint letter to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, calling on him to resolve Taiwan’s exclusion from the body “based on the principles of fairness, justice and inclusiveness,” the statement reads.

While the UN General Assembly is underway, Taiwan’s government plans to host events in New York addressing such topics as climate change, universal health coverage and youth empowerment. These meetings, it said, will help other nations better understand Taiwan’s contributions in those areas.

Taiwanese American George Tang, one of the speakers at Saturday’s rally and a student at Yale, told the crowd that the assembled groups need to remain vigilant in the face of China’s persecution.

“We’re ... out here today because China’s aggression is stronger than ever,” he added. “Don’t be afraid of speaking up. Be afraid of what will happen when we don’t.”

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