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Groups express support for HK democracy movement

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Two women yesterday remove notes and messages in support of the Hong Kong demonstrations from a “Lennon wall” in an underground passage at National Taiwan University in Taipei’s Gongguan area for storage and to make space for more.

Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

Civic and student groups yesterday expressed their solidarity with Hong Kongers in Taiwan and vowed to generate more support for the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement in Taiwan.

While unrest in the territory rages on, the Hong Kong government has not responded to five demands put forward by protesters in June, Hong Kong Outlanders spokesman Kuma Yung told a news conference outside National Taiwan University in Taipei.

“The Hong Kong government is trying to stall us now, but we should show the whole world our resolve and persistence. We will never bow down to the Hong Kong government,” Yung said.

As yesterday was the day the Hong Kong Outlanders had agreed on to restore an underpass in the Gongguan (公館) area just outside the university, in which it had set up a “Lennon wall,” spokeswoman Dora Wu previewed an event, called “Nationwide Lennon,” to pass on the messages people had left on the wall in support of the movement.

National Students’ Union of Taiwan director Chen Yu-wei (陳佑維) said that the union had asked 20 universities nationwide whether they would be willing to join the event to receive parts of the Lennon wall.

The fragments would then be displayed and expanded with messages from students at the universities before schools in the same region pool their messages and present them in public spaces outside their campuses, he said.

Taiwan Youth Association for Democracy president Lin Yen-ting (林彥廷) compared the situation in Hong Kong to the White Terror era in Taiwan, saying that the worries and concerns Taiwanese have shown for the Hong Kong protests are a manifestation of their determination to defend their democracy and freedom.

Although Taipei authorities granted the Hong Kong Outlanders a grace period until Sept. 12 to clear away the wall, volunteers and groups that are to inherit its parts began removing the display yesterday.

Zhong Ru (鍾如), of the National Museum of Taiwan History’s research division, said that the part of the wall inherited by the museum would be featured in its “Oppression and Overcoming: Social Movements in Post-War Taiwan” exhibition.

In related news, Hualien County-based National Dong Hwa University yesterday confirmed that one of its students from Hong Kong was on Thursday arrested in the territory on charges of rioting.

The 20-year-old woman, surnamed Li (李), allegedly participated in a protest in front of the police precinct in the Sham Shui Po area in Kowloon.

The university said in a statement that it has asked the Ministry of Education’s representative in Hong Kong to express its concern over the incident.

The university said that it would continue to monitor the situation and provide any needed assistance.

University dean Chao Han-chieh (趙函捷) said that he was willing to personally post bail for Li’s release, adding that he hoped the incident would be resolved swiftly and Li returned to the university to continue her studies.

Additional report by Wang Chun-chi

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