Jan 08, 2017 Government & Politics Comments Off on HK, Taiwan lawmakers’ forum draws protest by pro-China groups
Police in Taipei restrained three men Sunday who appeared to be trying to make trouble outside the venue where Hong Kong and Taiwan lawmakers were holding a forum.
The three men, who are members of the pro-unification Patriot Association (?????), shouted at police officers and refused to show their ID when asked to do so.
They were among dozens of people who gathered outside a building on Songjiang Road in Taipei, where visiting Hong Kong lawmakers and some Taiwan legislators were holding a weekend forum on civic and social movements, lawmaking and democracy.
Most of the protestors appeared to be members of groups that favor of Taiwan's unification with China, including the Chinese Unionist Party (???????), according to police.
The two-day forum was being hosted by Taiwan's minor New Power Party (NPP), which invited the participation of three members of Hong Kong's Legislative Council and Joshua Wong (???), a prominent student activist in the 2014 Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong.
Wong said he found it strange that he and the other Hong Kongers had encountered protesters at the airport, both in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and outside their hotel in Taipei on Saturday and Sunday.
He wondered how those people got their itinerary.
NPP lawmaker Hsu Yung-ming (???) said the forum was part of the normal interaction between Hong Kong and Taiwan legislators, but his party had invited the Hong Kong participants to Taipei because it is hard for NPP lawmakers to go to Hong Kong.
He said Taiwanese society is largely focused on discussions of fairness and justice rather than debates over independence versus unification.
The next step will be to build momentum for reform in Taiwan, he said.
According to local media reports, Hong Kong lawmaker Edward Yiu (???) said at the forum that it takes scientific methodology, social movement, professional knowledge and parliamentary politics to promote a cause.
This is because citizens and politicians often do not have the evidence needed to prove that a government's actions are unreasonable or to win public support, Yiu was cited as saying.
Nathan Law (???), a 23-year-old university student who is Hong Kong's youngest lawmaker, said his election in a constituency in Hong Kong Island, a high-income area with a high population density, had signaled a shift in Hong Kong politics after the 2014 Umbrella Movement (Occupy Central), according to the reports.
Lin Fei-fan (???), a student activist in the 2014 Sunflower Movement in Taipei, said activists from different countries would need to connect with each other more actively and formulate a type of "progressive democracy" discourse, amid the rise of conservative Nationalism, which drove the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and China's expansionist hegemony.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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