Protest for Hong Kong against China Extradition in Taipei, Taiwan

(Photos Below Article)

(Taipei, Taiwan)  I was asked to go to Taipei to cover a very important event. Students from Hong Kong and their Taiwanese supporters staged a protest against the Beijing backed Hong Kong leaders who introduced a bill called the “Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019”.

Basically this bill would allow the Beijing backed Hong Kong government to send those accused of crimes (whether guilty or not and ANYONE accused no matter where they are from) to the Kangaroo Courts of China to face prosecution.  This seemingly mundane bill would widen and strengthen the powers of Beijing in Hong Kong which is supposed to be operating under a separate legal system.

Two Million Hong Kongers took to the streets to protest.  That is One out of Seven Hong Kong-ese.

In Taiwan, there were over 10,000 protesters raising their fists in the air against the Beijing government and to show support for their Brothers and Sisters in Hong Kong.

Beijing must understand that The People aren’t going to take it.

The protest was Peaceful and often teary-eyed as some of the students may not be able to return to their families and friends in Hong Kong upon graduation for fear of backlash and severe punishment.

There were also tears for the movement’s first Martyr. A thirty five year old man surname Leung who called for the city leader Carrie Lam to step down and denounced this legislation.  Wearing a yellow raincoat he jumped off a tall building and fell to his death. You will see some of the Protesters wearing yellow raincoats in some of the photos below.

The protest in Taipei was peaceful but quite emotionally charged.  The general mood was hope though there were bouts of angry shouts, sadness and tears.

I got to know a few of the organizers. People just like you and me with Hopes and Dreams about the future.  Now Uncertainty looms.

The Taiwanese should also be very concerned about this bill and pay attention to what is happening in Hong Kong as Beijing claims it has sovereignty over Taiwan (it doesn’t) and says that the One Country Two Systems model they use in Hong Kong will be used in Taiwan if they ever decide they want to try to take Taiwan by force.

As We The People can see, the system cannot work as the Chinese legal system would be laughable if it wasn’t so corrupt.

We are not sure how this Movement will pan out… but these photos are my small part to make sure the Movement doesn’t die out.

香港 加油!  Stay Strong Hong Kong!
台灣:注意!Pay attention Taiwan!

#NoChinaExtradition

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  1. I can clearly see the concern of people who are concerned about their freedom in Hong Kong and Taiwan. My concern is what can be done about people who do actually commit a crime. The bill states that a person who commits a crime in “any other place” can be “surrendered” to that place. Here is the full text:

    (a) to amend the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance (Cap. 503) (FOO) in relation to special surrender arrangements (see paragraph 3(b)) made between Hong Kong and any other place so that the arrangements, once made, may be given effect according to the procedures in the FOO and any further protection for the surrender of a person as may be provided for by the arrangements; and

    (b) to amend the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance (Cap. 525) (MLAO) so that arrangements for mutual legal assistance made between Hong Kong and any other part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) may be given effect.

    Again, it is obvious how this bill can be abused, but what of people like Chan Tong-kai, who got 29 months after killing his pregnant girlfriend and stuffing her body in a suitcase. Hong Kong police could not charge the asshole with murder because the crime took place in Hong Kong. (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/15/world/asia/hong-kong-murder-taiwan-extradition.html). It is clear how this case has been latched on to garner support for the bill, but in less than three years that SOB will be walking around a free man.

    Obviously the political status between Hong Kong, Taiwan and the PRC has many problems, but surely if the PRC are going to stay true to the so called “One Countries two systems” policy, they are going to have to respect the other countries rights. This means ensuring that such a bill as this will not be used by the regime to eliminate people who get in the way of its agenda.

    • Great comment. Thank you.

      • Here is the last part of that article:

        There was a consensus: Given the public’s reaction, Mrs. Lam should delay the legislation indefinitely.

        Announcing the decision on Saturday, she raised Mr. Chan’s case again in defending the measure but finally acknowledged that Taiwan’s position meant there was no rush to pass it. “We will adopt the most sincere and humble attitude to accept criticisms and make improvements,” she said.

        Mrs. Lam’s argument failed to resonate, in part because many believe Hong Kong can find a way to ensure Mr. Chan faces trial without opening the door to extraditions to the mainland.

        China and Taiwan have for years sent criminal suspects to each other, for example, even though they do not formally recognize each other, and some lawmakers believe Hong Kong should establish a similar arrangement with Taiwan.

        Doing so with Taiwan and not mainland China, however, would be politically challenging.

        Julian Ku, a law professor at Hofstra University, said it would mean acknowledging that Taiwan’s courts are more trustworthy and fair to criminal defendants than China’s are.

        “While this is undoubtedly true by almost every measurement,” he said, “it would be really embarrassing for the Hong Kong government to admit that truth.”


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